Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is to receive £3.9m extra government funding to improve its A&E department this winter.

The department of health is making an extra £500m available to the NHS over the next two years and this week announced how an initial £250m would be spent across the country.

Hospital chiefs at the QEH are to spend their share of the national pot on additional senior staff, improved care in the community and redesigning the department itself.

The extra funding follows a joint bid by the hospital trust and West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

David Stonehouse, director of resources at the QEH, said it was both timely and welcome.

“It is a reflection of our urgent need to tackle pressure on inpatient services – particularly during winter,” he said.

“Our aim is to redesign the layout of the emergency department to create additional treatment areas.

“Re-design of this area would also allow us to provide an ambulance transfer area to  support improved handover times, helping us to meet the relevant handover target times.”

“The funding is good news for the people of West Norfolk and for hospital staff. It is a major investment in emergency care.”

The hospital’s A&E service was criticised during a recent inspection by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission.