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SCARBOROUGH Hospital is being given £26.7 million funding boost from the Department of Health.

The announcement came yesterday as part of a Government push to improve equipment and facilities for NHS patients.

With an overall allocation for England of £330 million, Scarborough will benefit from nearly £27 million to be spent on improving children’s and heart services.

An estimated 19,500 young patients are set to benefit from the improvements in paediatrics, with thousands more benefiting from the funding boost in coronary care and therapy services.

Leo McGrory, who is chairman of Scarborough and District Local Involvement Network and speaks on behalf of patients, said: “This is fantastic news and a major step forward for the trust.

“If this is everything it seems to be, then it’s great. It would be a major feather in the cap of the trust.

“However, I would like to have more detail about the funding, such as how and when it will be coming.

“I’d also like to know if there are any conditions attached.”

Mr McGrory said that in the past, Scarborough had been at the “back of the queue” for funding, so the announcement was wonderful news for the trust and for local healthcare.

He added: “This constitutes a major step forward. The money will make a huge difference - a lot can be done with that amount.

“It will be interesting to see how the money is divided between paediatrics and coronary care and how it is spent.”

A spokesman from the Department of Health said the money was being given to Scarborough General Hospital, part of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, to “improve quality of care, energy efficiency and reduce running costs”.

The Government is also giving £8 million to enhance the exterior of the Hull Royal Infirmary, part of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, to improve and modernise the patient, visitor and staff environment.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This Government is investing in the NHS to ensure the very best care is available – that’s why I can announce over £330 million of new medical equipment, from CT scanners to cancer therapy and neo-natal care facilities.

“It will ensure millions of people see better buildings, better equipment, and brand new facilities and services as well as saving thousands of lives.”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I want NHS patients across Yorkshire and the Humber to get the best care and treatment.

“We have saved money in central capital budgets this year which means we can spend more money on improving NHS facilities.”