Local MP Thanks Hardworking Hospital Staff

At this busy time of the year, local MP, David Rutley, visited Macclesfield District General Hospital, to thank the hardworking staff there for their unwavering dedication to caring for local residents throughout the Christmas period.

Alongside East Cheshire NHS Trust Chair, Ms Lynn McGill, and Mr Brian Green, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, David visited the A&E Department, where he saw for himself how the recent additional investment in our A&E has helped to streamline systems when patients present at the front desk, better ensuring that they can be more efficiently triaged on arrival, and receive the treatment that they need more quickly.

David then visited an Intermediate Care Ward and a Surgery Ward, to meet local patients and the dedicated medical teams. As usual, patients praised the teams for the vital care they were receiving during their stay in the Hospital. In all the departments, David thanked staff for their tireless commitment to providing high quality care for patients, both during the festive season and throughout the year.

During his visit, David also learned about an important new initiative at the Hospital, which has been designed to improve the flow of patients through the Hospital, and to enhance the quality of care they receive. The Trust is actively taking forward its innovative #HelpingFlo campaign, which aims to raise public awareness about the steps that local residents can take to ensure that hospital beds are kept for patients that most need them. David viewed the video created to support the campaign, which can be seen online at: www.eastcheshire.nhs.uk/news/HelpingFlo---help-us-keep-hospital-beds-free-for-those-who-really-need-them.htm

Speaking after his visit, David said, "Our local doctors and nurses perform vital work on the front line, day-in, day-out, looking after local patients, and this is never more clearly demonstrated than throughout the busy Christmas period. I am very grateful for all that the staff at Macclesfield District General Hospital do to care for local residents when they need it, and I will continue to actively support our local health services going forward in the year ahead."