Kettering General Hospital invites public to learn about progress over past year

Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

People are being invited to find out more about Kettering General Hospital’s progress over the last year as well as its plans for the future at the Annual Members’ Meeting next week.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, July 16, at Kettering Conference Centre in Thurston Drive at 6pm.

The public can attend from 4.30pm and visit a range of stands to learn more about the hospital’s many different departments, including finding out about career opportunities and volunteering at the Trust.

Hospital chairman Graham Foster said: “The invitation to our meeting is open to all members of the public, especially the 5,000 local people who support us through being a Member of the Foundation Trust.

“At the Annual Members’ Meeting we talk about the progress the hospital has made over the last year and how we plan to face the challenges ahead.

“We will also be outlining some of the good news – such as the remarkable improvements to emergency care we have made which mean we are now delivering some of the best A&E waiting times in England.”

In 2013-14 the hospital has opened a new £30 million Foundation Wing and set up an ambulatory care unit and observation unit which provide an alternative to A&E care and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital – helping ensure the hospital had the best A&E four hour performance for England between April and June this year.

The Trust has also achieved all its infection control targets with reduced infections.

In March 2014 the Trust won £200,000 from the Department of Health’s Improving Maternity Care Settings Fund to upgrade the bathrooms and showers in its maternity ward and to provide en-suite bathrooms in its labour suite, while the hospital had the bonus of a royal visit last July, with HRH The Princess Royal launching the College of Occupational Therapists’ new five-year strategy.

Mr Foster added: “During 2013-14 we have achieved a lot and made some substantial improvements to the hospital both in terms of our facilities and the way we work with patients.

“By attending next week’s meeting local people will be able to find out how we did this and provide us with feedback on what our next steps should be.”