MEET THE GOVERNORS: Northamptonshire's health scene is changing, according to Kettering governor

"There are a number of changes being worked on to improve the services given to patients and to improve how staff are employed in North Northamptonshire"

By Stephanie Weaver
Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 12:19 pm

A KGH governor has said Northamptonshire's health scene is changing, including important changes at Kettering's hospital.

The governors at KGH have teamed up with the Northants Telegraph to give our readers an insight into their role and the work they do.

Professor Peter Woolliscroft, lead governor and public governor for Kettering, has written the latest in a series of pieces about the governors which we will be bringing to you in the coming weeks.

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Prof Woolliscroft told the Northants Telegraph: "There are a number of changes being worked on to improve the services given to patients and to improve how staff are employed in North Northamptonshire.

"Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring these changes and attempting to describe them in ways we can all understand.

"For us in Kettering, the most important change is the development of the existing hospital site on Rothwell Road and the building of a new accident and emergency unit which is being called the Urgent Care Hub.

"This is followed in importance by the group work which is well on the way to align Northampton and Kettering hospitals so that together, they can offer patients the best treatment available across the north of the county.

"Although not purely health-related, the county council is developing a split into two new unitary councils which is expected to take place in April 2021.

"This paves the way for health and local authorities to work together with the Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) to develop what is called an Integrated Care

System (ICS), more about this in future articles.

"In the next article we will talk further about the NHCP, and what this means to us and an explanation of some of the terms you will see being used in the press and elsewhere."

We will be hearing more from the governors in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for the stories if you want to learn more about the governors and their role at KGH.

To read last week's piece with the governors, click here.

If you have a question for the governors, email it to [email protected]

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