PAH chief encouraged by bid for new hospital
Health / Fri 20th Oct 2017 at 11:29am
PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has welcomed the support of Harlow MP Robert Halfon in its ambition for a new hospital, which he has raised in Parliament.
The trust has been highlighting the need for a new build hospital to replace the 60s built infirmary, which currently serves a population of 350,000. Its efforts have received wholehearted support from the local MP.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Halfon said: “I have worked to secure extra funding and more doctors and nurses for our hospital, and the new leadership team tirelessly do everything possible to improve performance. There is, however, only so much that can be done at the hospital as it stands.
“It is for those reasons that I am putting forward the case today for capital funding for a new health campus in Harlow, bringing together accident and emergency services, GP provision, social care, physiotherapy and a new ambulance hub, bringing health care in Harlow into the 21st Century.
“It is important to note that Maternity and Gynaecology was rated outstanding at the CQC inspection and, day in, day out, there is a huge amount of outstanding work ongoing by the hospital leadership, the hospital’s Chief Executive, Lance McCarthy, and doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff to provide the very best care they can.
“The doctors, the nurses, the management team and support staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital work so hard every single day but their working lives are made so much harder by the hospital’s deteriorating facilities.”
Mr Halfon went on to outline proposals for the new site. He said: “The Health Campus would bring together all the services required to ensure health care in Harlow is fit for the 21st Century.”
Mr Halfon concluded: “I have visited the Princess Alexandra Hospital many times. I defy the minister to find more professional and dedicated staff, doctors and nurses, working day and night to look after the people of Harlow and the surrounding area. I’ve seen incredible work in the A&E, intensive care and the maternity and children’s units. That is why I know that the staff working in PAH are second to none. However, this professionalism and hard work will go to waste unless our hospital is fit for purpose.”
Lance McCarthy, Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust said: “Our priority is quality of care and safety of all of our patients, and our staff are fully committed to providing this; but they are working in aged infrastructure. That is why we are committed to advancing our ambitions for a new hospital fit for the 21st century to serve our communities and we welcome the support for this provided by our local MPs, CCGs, Local Authorities and the STP. We have developed a Strategic Outline Case which has been submitted to our regulator, NHS Improvement, and we are looking to develop an Outline Business Case within the next 12 months. I welcome Mr Halfon’s vision and recognition and am grateful for his support for us in Parliament.”