Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust welcomed Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to North Devon District Hospital yesterday, Tuesday 25 May 2021.
Mr Hancock, accompanied by North Devon MP Selaine Saxby, met with Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Tracey, and members of the leadership team before being given a tour of the NDDH site.
Mr Hancock was shown the new drive-through facility, recent developments including improvements to ED and the charity funded Fern Centre.
He also toured the hospital’s new twin CT scanner suite and visited Tarka Ward, where he chatted with staff and patients.
The visit concluded with an opportunity for staff to meet Mr Hancock in the lecture theatre of the Medical Education Centre. Mr Hancock invited the staff present to share their thoughts about what is needed to tackle some of the challenges NDHT faces.
After the visit, Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive Officer said: “We were really pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Matt Hancock to NDDH today. We were able to show him the site and the improvements delivered through recent investment, as well as outline our future plans.
“The Secretary of State was impressed by the level of innovation he saw at NDDH and how we have responded to the challenges faced as the most remote hospital in mainland England. He also commented that NDHT has a really positive vibe to it and this is testament to the efforts made every day by our staff.”
Selaine Saxby MP said: ““Health Secretary, Matt Hancock confirmed on his visit the investment for the future hospital and I was delighted that Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Tracey, was able to explain that we are ready and eager to get on with the next stage of development.
“I was delighted that he was able to speak to so many team members, listen to their ideas for the future of the hospital, services and recruitment as well as the wider NHS; he was also able to see how innovative the team are with initiatives such as the drive through diagnostics centre.
“We already have an incredible hospital and amazing staff; the Secretary of State could see it and feel it. There is so much more to come, it is an exciting time for NHS services in Northern Devon.”