8 October 2010
The Trust’s inaugural members’ meeting was held at Harefield Hospital on Wednesday 6 October with a turnout of around 100 members, and informative and entertaining presentations from governors and staff.
Following a brief welcome from chairman, Sir Robert Finch, chief executive Mr Bob Bell summed up Royal Brompton & Harefield’s successful first ten months as a foundation trust, which included excellent ratings from the care quality commission and an impressive record in infection control.
The Trust is the leading centre for the treatment of heart and lung disease in the UK, with 440 beds and 2,800 full-time staff. Although small compared to some general trusts, its specialist nature means that more patients with heart and lung disease are cared for across the two sites than in many other international centres.
Other speakers at the meeting included Mr Ray Puddifoot, with a report from the governors, Dr Olga Jones and Mr Peter Rust (both governors) who spoke about patient environment and facilities projects, and modern matron Mr Steve Barton who talked about the work undertaken to engage patients in developing cystic fibrosis services.
The audience then enjoyed a lively presentation from Dr Miles Dalby, cardiology consultant, illustrating the speed at which patients are treated with primary angioplasty. Harefield Hospital’s prime location in outer London offers easy access to patients from several surrounding counties, many of whom would previously have had to travel into central London for emergency treatment. Dr Dalby explained how changes to the ambulance service have greatly increased the efficiency of Harefield’s Heart Attack Centre.
Mr Lewis Sander, Chairman of Harefield’s Transplant Patients’ Group said: “I especially enjoyed Dr Dalby’s talk. He is obviously very enthusiastic about his work.”
Ann Ross of Harefield said, “It was an excellent meeting. The film about primary angioplasty was very interesting. It was useful to hear how the hospital raises its money.
David Potter, chair of Harefield Hospital Re-Beat Club said, “I found it a very valuable way to spend an afternoon. The balance was good and I learnt some fascinating new things from the various presentations.”
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