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Secretary of State visits Dorset NHS staff

5 July

The Rt Honourable Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) on Thursday 4 July to speak to staff and hear more about the plans for the future of healthcare in Dorset. He was accompanied on his visit by the Rt Honourable Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East.

Mr Hancock visited the Stroke Unit and spoke to teams from both RBH and Poole Hospital about how they have come together to deliver high quality care across the region. He also met with a range of staff from across the hospitals and answered questions and addressed concerns. He spoke of the technology to bring our systems together and was shown plans for the future developments of our hospitals, including new operating theatres at Poole Hospital and a new emergency, paediatric, maternity and critical care buildings at RBH.

He said: "It was terrific to visit the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and meet the staff from across Dorset who are so positive about the future. I was delighted to have the opportunity to thank them for all that they do for the local community and see initiatives like the stroke teams from Bournemouth and Poole coming together to improve outcomes for patients."

Debbie Fleming, joint CEO of both RBCH and Poole Hospital said: "We are so proud of our services across Dorset and this was a great opportunity to showcase this on a national scale. It was great to see the Secretary of State’s enthusiasm for our Dorset Plan and we were very pleased to welcome him so he could learn more about what we are doing for the future benefit of our patients."


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