Shadow health secretary to tour hospital departments


Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley will visit Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday (20 January) to meet staff and find out about developments including the new £50m children’s hospital.

The Conservative MP for Cambridgeshire South will be introduced to the Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust site by chief executive Mark Hackett and chairman John Trewby before touring key areas including the emergency department and paediatric intensive care.

Mr Lansley will then be given a detailed briefing of how work on the state-of-the-art children’s hospital, which will be one of the few specialist hospitals for young people in the UK, is progressing by medical director Dr Michael Marsh.

His visit will finish with a look at children’s cardiology, where he will meet and chat with frontline staff, patients and their families.

“We are making great strides towards our goal of becoming a world-class centre of excellence here in Southampton and we are delighted to be able to share some of the great work being carried out with Mr Lansley,” said Mr Hackett.

Following his trip to Southampton General, Mr Lansley will head to NHS Southampton City’s recently opened Adelaide Health Centre, which offers a range of community-based services.

The visit will involve finding out about how NHS Southampton City is utilising the innovative activheart programme, a free-of-charge online programme that acts as a virtual coach and motivator to support patient diet and lifestyle change following an NHS health check.

Posted on Monday 18 January 2010