On Thursday 16 June 2016, the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health took the time out to visit the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and talk with staff on the front line.
Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) said: “I was very pleased, along with the Chairman, to welcome the Secretary of State for Health to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. This was a great opportunity for our staff to spend time with him and discuss the challenges they face and also the improvements that they continue to make.
“We know we still have much more to do, but we are seeing consistent improvements in standards of quality, safety and experience. It does remain extremely challenging; however we’ve shown through coming out Special Measures that it is possible to still invest in areas such as staffing and our buildings, while still making efficiency gains and improving standards of care.”
Pearse Butler, Chair, UHMBT said: “For me, the most pleasing aspect of his visit was the quality time he spent with our staff, particularly on the floor in the A&E. Our staff work incredibly hard and I know they will have welcomed this opportunity to meet the Secretary of State and talk first-hand about the work they are leading, such as the recent success in reducing delayed discharges.
“On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank the Secretary of State for this morale boosting visit, and also our staff for taking the time, as they always do with visitors, to make him feel so welcomed.”
Jeremy Hunt, said: “It was great to visit Morecambe Bay following their success coming out of special measures. I found it extremely valuable to spend time with staff hearing about how they are continuing to change to improve standards of care. It was encouraging to hear about the improvements they’ve made with delayed discharges of care and the culture across the organisation. Morecambe Bay is well on the way in its improvement journey, and I look forward to seeing the further changes that are made in the future.”
During his visit, the Secretary of State for Health was able to meet with the Trust’s Chairman, Chief Executive and Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer, Andrew Bennett. He then met with the newly established clinical leadership team as part of a roundtable discussion, before touring the Emergency Department where he was able to spend time with the doctors and nurses in this area.