Andrew Smith MP visits the JR Hospital to discuss patient care, nursing and healthcare support.
Andrew met Sir Jonathan Michael, Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to talk about the general situation, opportunities and challenges facing the Trust, with particular focus on how hospital and community care could be better integrated. He then met with Elaine Strachan-Hall, Chief Nurse to discuss nursing, and visited wards on Level 7.
Andrew met nurses and healthcare assistants, and went round chatting with patients.
Andrew said: "It is good to get a first hand feel, and feedback from patients, on the quality of care, and to talk face to face with the nurses and other staff. Everyone I met was very strongly focused on giving the best care possible. There is also a welcome drive on in the hospital to make sure care is compassionate and that nursing and other staff are treating patients with dignity and concern for their welfare. I had very positive feedback from the patients I chatted with. They said the hospital is doing a good job, and the staff were caring and supportive."
Andrew rounded off his visit by meeting with Rosemary Belton, Unite Convenor, and Karen Hin, Convenor at the Royal College of Nursing, where he talked about some of the challenges facing NHS staff and departments in Oxfordshire.