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Feb

Monitor Chairman makes site visit


Baroness Joan Hanham CBE, Chairman of regulator Monitor, has visited Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to see how an NHS organisation is developing services for the benefit of patients.


Baroness Hanham met clinical staff and board members of the Trust and discussed initiatives including how the Trust recently bought out the PFI contract for Hexham General Hospital to free up money to invest in patient care, how the Trust leads on integrating health and social care in Northumberland and North Tyneside and how it makes a wider contribution to the local community.


Baroness Hanham also toured one of the Trust’s hospitals, North Tyneside General Hospital in North Shields, meeting staff and learning about the day-to-day workings of the hospital.


Commenting on the visit, Baroness Hanham says: “It is important for me to see at first hand how Foundation Trusts are using their freedoms to innovate for the benefit of patients. Talking to staff and listening to their plans for delivering care for patients was enlightening and I am very grateful to them for taking the time to brief me.”


Whilst in the area, Baroness Hanham also viewed the construction site of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington. When it opens in June 2015 this will be the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in England dedicated to providing emergency care with A&E consultants working on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NHS England’s National Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh is scheduled to see the progress being made on this revolutionary project next month.

 

Baroness Joan Hanham CBE, Chairman of regulator Monitor, has visited Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to see how an NHS organisation is developing services for the benefit of patients.


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