UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has approved £184m of capital loan funding for 13 healthcare trusts in England.

The funding will allow healthcare trusts to make ‘most urgent’ upgrades to deliver vital frontline patient care.

The decision follows the approval of over £70m in loans for NHS trusts last month.

The 13 trusts include Barts Health NHS Trust, University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, and more.

The trusts will use the funding to modernise equipment, refurbish wards and ensure the safety of NHS buildings.

Of the 13 trusts, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received £26m to upgrade IT, replace medical equipment and fund critical upgrades.

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The government has granted £21m to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to replace equipment such as defibrillators and CT scanners and imaging while funding its radiology, endoscopy and nephrology departments.

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has secured £11m to replace two existing theatres in the main block at Queen’s Hospital Burton.

Hancock said: “These loans will make sure hospitals continue to deliver vital services to patients in buildings that are safe and have the right equipment to deliver world-class care.

“Since July, we have injected £4.8bn capital funding into the NHS – helping refurbish hospital wards, replace old medical equipment and maintain NHS buildings.”

In addition, the loans will assist the trusts to support hospital staff in offering quality care and reduce safety or infrastructure risks if any.