Chief health boss praises work of Urgent Care Centre
THE controversial chief executive of the NHS has visited West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and praised the work being done by the new Urgent Care Centre.
Sir David Nicholson, who has come under pressure to leave his £270,000-a-year post since the report into the failings of Stafford Hospital, spoke to patients and staff in the new Urgent Care Centre and refurbished Medical Ward 2 during a brief visit last Wednesday.
He described the approach to delivering care within the local community as "innovative" as he toured the hospital, which has seen a 24 per cent increase in patients having planned operations and treatments compared to this time last year.
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust banned any interviews with the health chief during the visit but released a statement afterwards.
In it, Sir David said: "I am delighted to see the innovative work under way at West Cornwall Hospital and the commitment of health professionals to work together to deliver the very best care for patients.
"This is a time of significant challenge and it is vital that we remain focused on our core purpose – delivering great outcomes for patients.
"The progress at West Cornwall Hospital is an example to others of what can be achieved when managers, clinicians and communities work together."