Health Secretary praises improvements at Trust

Date: 30 November 2018


The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, got the chance to see recent improvements that are already benefitting patients when he visited Medway Maritime Hospital.

Mr Hancock was welcomed by the Chair, Stephen Clark, and Chief Executive, James Devine and met staff and patients as he toured the Trust’s new Emergency Department, Maternity Unit; and Prehabilitaion Unit. He heard about the impressive progress the Trust has made in improving patient care since it exited special measures and about the Trust’s plans for the future.

James Devine, Chief Executive said:

“We were delighted to welcome Matt Hancock to the Trust and proud to  show him some of the fantastic work that our staff have been doing to improve the care we provide to the people of Medway and Swale.

“Our new Emergency Department is already making a real difference to our most unwell patients and I am pleased that Mr Hancock was able to see this first hand.

“It was a really positive acknowledgment of the hard work of our staff, and also of the way we are now working across the system in Medway and Swale – with the ambulance service, community services, social care, primary care and mental health provider, as well as local health commissioners.

“We now have a much more integrated way of working which ensures our patients are treated in a more timely way, in the right place, this is particularly important as we enter the winter period when we know all parts of the system will be under pressure.

“We were also thrilled to demonstrate the work we are doing to support parents and their babies, and surgical patients before their operations to help them achieve the best clinical outcomes.

“We know we still have more to do to ensure that our patients receive brilliant care all of the time but I know Mr Hancock was impressed with the progress we are making.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: 

“It has been excellent to see first-hand the developments and progress made at Medway Maritime Hospital.

“The new state-of-the-art emergency department is better for patients, with an innovative rapid assessment unit to help dedicated staff provide the best possible care.

“I was also delighted to meet a family and their new born baby in the Trust’s excellent midwifery-led unit which offers a relaxing and caring environment to parents.”

  • Summary:

    The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, got the chance to see recent improvements that are already benefitting patients when he visited Medway Maritime Hospital.