Ministerial visit to Musgrove to discuss key health developments - 17 April 2014

Ministerial visit to Musgrove to discuss key health developments - 17 April 2014

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health, Dr Dan Poulter, visited Musgrove Park Hospital on Friday, 11th April 2014, to look around some of the hospital’s new developments and discuss key health topics with the hospital’s Chairman and Deputy Chief Executive.

Dr Poulter, who was visiting the hospital as part of visits across the South West, was shown around Musgrove’s recently extended and refurbished emergency department and newly opened Jubilee building by Chairman Rosalinde Wyke and Deputy Chief Executive Peter Lewis. Patients have only recently moved into the Jubilee building, which houses 112 en-suite bedrooms for surgical patients.

As well as hearing about how the hospital’s emergency department had been upgraded to enable it to effectively cope with increasing numbers of critically ill or injured patients many of whom have very complex medical histories, Dr Poulter also got to learn more about the hospital’s wider plans to replace outdated accommodation to help it improve the quality of care it provides to patients.

Speaking after the visit Chairman Rosalinde Wyke said: “We were delighted that Dr Poulter chose to come and see some of our new facilities here at Musgrove, as we have been working hard to sustain the quality of care we provide to our patients in what is a very challenging time for the NHS.

“The visit gave us a real opportunity to show Dr Poulter some of the fantastic work going on at Musgrove, and also to talk to him about some of the issues we are facing as a medium sized acute hospital; such as moving to more flexible seven-day working, concerns about our ability to finance improvements to our estate – such as our theatres and ITU - as well as managing the demands of our increasingly aged population.”

Dr Poulter also got to hear more about the hospital’s progress on procuring a new electronic patient record system, as well as some of the hospital’s successful work with the commercial sector such as an energy management project with Schneider Electric, which has seen the hospital already meet its 2020 carbon target and make real progress towards its 2050 target, and a partnership with Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Yeovil District Hospital to set up the SouthWest Pathology Service, which provides pathology services to the two organisations as well as over 100 GP practices.

Rosalinde continued: “Acute hospitals are facing some real challenges in the coming years and so this was a good opportunity to talk through those issues with Dr Poulter so he can take them back to the Department of Health and Government.”

Health Minister Dr Poulter said: “I was delighted to get the chance to visit Musgrove Park Hospital, and meet the committed staff who work there. I also got the opportunity to visit the newly refurbished Emergency Department and the brand new Jubilee building and see the important work that is being done on a daily basis at Musgrove. It was also good to speak with the leadership team about their experiences and the challenges they face.”