Health chiefs have been handed an extra £16 million to spend in the coming year.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran will collect the windfall from the Scottish government.
It takes their total budget to £603.1 million for thefinancial year 2013/14 – an increase of 2.8 per cent on last year’s general allocation.
The board’s finance chief, Derek Lindsay, confirmed: “The allocation brings us an extra £16.2 million.
“But we will continue tofocus on improving efficiency without compromising quality.”
Each NHS board is given a share of government cashaccording to population share, the age and gender breakdown of its population, and levels of deprivation.
Chief executive, John Burns, added: “Our priorities are to continually improve the safety and effectiveness of our services and to put people at the centre of everything we do.”