Sutton Coldfield’s MP has officially opened the new Discharge Centre at Good Hope Hospital. The Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the local MP, senior management and staff at Good Hope.
At the ceremony Sutton’s MP was joined by Les Lawrence, Chairman of the Heart of England Trust, and Dr Arne Ross, Medical Director of Good Hope Hospital. One of the local Trinity councillors, Ewan Mackey, was also in attendance alongside doctors, nurses and a number of patients who will benefit from the new facility.
The new Centre is designed to act as a space for Good Hope users who have completed treatment at the Hospital. It provides a central dispensary for pharmaceuticals and a comfortable area for users to spend time in before being discharged. This provides the additional benefit of freeing up more space on wards for incoming patients, streamlining the whole service provided by the Hospital.
Mr Mitchell also took the opportunity to meet with the first users of the Discharge Centre to discuss their experience of the new facility, and at the Hospital as a whole.
Sutton’s MP welcomed the £11.5 million investment that Good Hope will receive this year to improve patient care, and offered warm words to staff at Good Hope, praising their commitment to constantly improving the service they offered.
Speaking after the event, Andrew Mitchell said “this is an important new facility and a welcome additional investment in our local hospital. It will go a long way to ensuring that discharge from the hospital is made easier for patients, while at the same time addressing issues of congestion”.