Walker welcomes Secretary of State for Health to Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Walker welcomes Secretary of State for Health to Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Worcester MP, Robin Walker spent yesterday afternoon visiting the Worcestershire Royal Hospital with Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP. This visit follows months of committed campaigning for Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s much needed cash injections.

The Secretary of State, Matt Hancock toured around the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and met with the new leadership team of the Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust, including Matthew Hopkins who joined the Trust as Chief Executive in January.

Robin was pleased that the Secretary of State had the opportunity to discuss the issues facing the hospital with the leadership of the Trust, who will work with the Department of Health and Social Care to meet the challenges that are facing the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and ensure patients are well looked after and accommodated for.

The visit follows on from with a report from Care Quality Commission who carried out an unannounced focused inspection of the emergency department (ED) at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on 14 January 2019, which identified a number of areas for improvement, including patients not being able access the service when they needed to due to overcrowding, significant delays in handing over patients from ambulances to A&E, delays in patients being assessed by speciality doctors and insufficient space to accommodate all the patients.

The report acknowledged the fantastic work of that the staff, outlining that they cared for patients with compassion at all times during the inspection and were friendly, professional and caring even when under extreme pressure

Since being elected, Robin has campaigned for stroke services and head and neck cancer treatments and surgeries to be kept within the county, a new breast cancer unit, a midwife-led birth centre, a state of the art oncology unity and expansion to the Accident and Emergency department and Robin has continually stated that the safety of patients should be the priority and will continue to push hard for improvements.

Over the past few years Robin has campaigned hard for the £29million of investment in the hospital, and has recently just been at the Royal to open the link bridge as well as a new ward, which has delivered 94 new beds to the Worcester, alongside the Alex in Redditch, for the local NHS since the start of the year.

Robin has praised the areas in which the Trust excels such as the maternity unit which has been nationally recognised by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative for its approach to promoting breastfeeding and for the safety and quality of its services.

Robin said:

“Improving care for patients at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital is a key priority of mine, and I am glad the Secretary of State has had the opportunity to visit Worcester to see the hospital and meet the new CEO Matthew Hopkins, as well as staff on the ground to better understand the challenges facing the Royal and the Trust as a whole.”

“The recent CQC report reflects the need to address capacity at the Royal. We have truly fantastic people working hard at the hospital and I was delighted that Matt could meet with them.”

“The people of Worcester deserve the full support of politicians and hospital management in seeing through the changes the hospital needs and delivering the extra capacity that has been needed for so long.” 

“I will keep campaigning for continued investment in our hospital and in its staff to ensure we have the best possible outcomes for patients in my constituency, and the entire county.” 

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP said:

“It was great to visit the Worcestershire Royal Hospital with local MPs Robin Walker and Rachel Maclean. I know the hospital faces particular challenges and we have been working to ensure it has the support it needs. But as well as underlining our support for the staff and new leadership, I wanted to see for myself the work that is going in to turn this trust around.”

“Robin, Rachel and the other Worcestershire MPs have been campaigning tirelessly to improve local healthcare provision and the NHS team to help ensure Worcester gets the health service that it deserves.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

To read the CQC report in full:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAJ1581.pdf

To read Robin’s previous statements on Worcestershire Royal Hospital and local health services, please see: