Local Member of Parliament, Kate Kniveton, joined the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt. Hon Steve Barclay MP, on a visit to Queen’s Hospital in Burton yesterday (04/08/22).
The Treatment Centre is a £23 million purpose-built facility which was opened in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic which has enabled the hospital to increase the number of people who can have surgery, a vital resource in tacking the elective backlogs created by COVID-19. The Treatment Centre is part of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHDB) plan to create a safer, stronger and more sustainable district general hospital in Burton.
The Secretary of State toured the new NHS Midlands Treatment Centre at Queen’s Hospital along with the local MP to see how it was benefiting patient care and recovery. They were joined by Dr Magnus Harrison, Interim CEO of UHDB; Dr Kathy McLean OBE, Chair of the UHBD and Andrew Hall, Divisional Director for Surgery.
The group discussed the quality of the new facilities there and how good practice, developed at the Treatment Centre, might be replicated across other NHS trusts in England. The Secretary of State also spoke with local nurses and staff to ask what more the Government can do to help with staff recruitment, training and what lessons could be learned from the pandemic.
Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP said:
“I want to thank the Secretary of State for visiting Queen’s Hospital in Burton and the Government for the investment it has given to our local hospital.
“The pandemic has obviously created a backlog in hospital appointments and surgery waiting lists. However, it is fantastic that here in Burton we have the new £23million Treatment Centre which is key to tackling the backlog and enabling more patients to receive care than previously possible and be discharged more quickly.
“It is a real credit to our local NHS staff and the work they do that the Department for Health is looking at Queen’s Hospital and seeing what can be learned to help patients in other areas receive medical treatment more quickly.”
Taking to Twitter, the Secretary of State, Steve Barclay said:
“Queen’s Hospital in Burton is delivering on their elective recovery plan through their dedicated Treatment Centre. It was useful to discuss the practical measures they are taking to help patients recover more quickly from surgery.”