ROYAL Bolton Hospital will be given £2.5m to upgrade A&E facilities to combat winter pressures.

The borough hospital will receive the extra cash to increase capacity, enhance the infection prevention and control measures, and improve emergency care and urgent treatment services.

Hospitals across England will receive shares of the £300m boost from the government, on top of an additional £3b announced by the Prime Minister to prepare the NHS for the coming winter.

Overall, 117 hospital Trusts will receive funding, with all projects completed by the start of 2021.

The North West will receive £46m of the cash, with nearby Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust taking £1.9m.

Salford Royal has been allocated £1.4m, whilst Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is given £4.9m.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We continue to deliver on our promise to build back better and faster, with £300 million allocated today for NHS trusts to upgrade their facilities and improve A&E capacity.

“These upgrades will help our fantastic NHS prepare for the winter months, helping them to deliver essential services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.

“Thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of NHS staff throughout the pandemic, our A&Es have remained open for the public.

“It’s vital that those who need emergency treatment this winter access it, and for those who remain concerned about visiting hospitals, let me assure you that the NHS has measures in place to keep people safe.”