Hinchingbrooke staff welcome Health Secretary Matt Hancock

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Secretary of State for Health, and Social Care Matt Hancock, visited Hinchingbrooke Hospital on Friday  18 June where he heard about the hospital’s exciting redevelopment plans and chatted to staff, thanking them for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Hancock also visited the new urgent and emergency care facilities which has improved the experience for patients using the Emergency Department and has created a new Ambulatory Care Unit and Acute Assessment Unit. This work forms phase one of a three-phase redevelopment programme for the hospital. The second phase will see construction of a new, state-of-the-art theatres block that will replace the current operating theatres facility. The final phase will see the redevelopment of the remainder of the hospital site by 2035 to ensure facilities continue to meet the needs of our patients in the future.

Caroline Walker, Chief Executive at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “I’d like to thank the Secretary of State for taking the time to visit our hospital and for giving our staff the chance to share the great work they are doing as we recover our services following the Covid-19 pandemic. I am hugely proud of all our staff, so it was especially pleasing that they have had the opportunity to talk directly with the Health Secretary.

“It was also a great opportunity to discuss our future plans with him along with how we are tackling the challenges we, like many other hospitals across the country, are facing right now.”

Mr Hancock said: "It was fantastic meeting the dedicated staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and formally to open their new emergency care facilities which are already providing improved care for patients.

“We are investing record sums in the NHS, with upgrades like this across the country to ensure NHS staff have what they need to provide world-class care to everyone in need.

“I look forward to seeing the progress of the wider upgrades to the hospital over the coming years.”

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