Local MP, Andrew Percy, and local councillors welcomed the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, to Goole & District Hospital this week to meet with staff and discuss progress at the Trust.
Jeremy spent 2 ½ hours at the hospital during which he observed orthopaedic surgery and met with ward staff to hear their opinions. There was also an opportunity to meet with senior staff regarding the progress the Trust has made over the past 18 months.
During the visit Andrew held a meeting with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group to update Jeremy on the Emergency Care Practitioner trial in Goole. This is something that Andrew called for and the results have been positive.
Andrew says: “I’m really pleased that Jeremy visited Goole Hospital so that he could see for himself the work that the Trust is doing in our area.
The ECP (advanced paramedic) is something I met with the CCG, Hospital Trust and ambulance service to call for and I have already heard really positive reports of the work this new ECP is doing from a number of people including paramedics, a care home and local residents.
The aim of course is to reduce hospital admissions and ensure patients access the most appropriate care, hopefully closer to home. I had already written to the Secretary of State on this and I was keen to highlight this example during his visit.”