AN MP who called for change at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital after branding the care of a relative ‘disgusting’ has been given a first-hand look at improvements being made.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, was invited for a tour of the Belvedere Road site after hitting out following the treatment his aunt received before she died.
He met with patients and staff to discuss changes being made after the scathing findings of the Keogh report earlier this year, which saw the hospital placed in ‘special measures’.
He said: “I visited the hospital three weeks prior to this visit, during which time I met with both the chief executive, Helen Ashley, and chairman Chris Wood to gain reassurances and to address the issues outlined in the report.
“It was suggested at this meeting that I arrange a follow-up visit to speak to patients and staff and get their feedback about the good and bad points associated with Queen’s.
“I was grateful to the director of nursing, Brendan Brown, for taking the time to take me around on his regular tour of the hospital, and I am reassured that I received positive feedback.
“These visits are something I hope to make more regular until I am assured that my constituents have full confidence in Queen’s.”
Mr Bridgen spoke out about the hospital in Parliament in July after his aunt ‘was left to die alone’ after being admitted with a slightly raised heart rate.
He called for major changes on the same day the hospital was slammed by health watchdogs.
Mr Brown said: “We welcomed the opportunity to show the MP around the trust.
“He had access to our wards and received reassurance on the quality of care we provide to our patients, from both the management team and frontline staff delivering care.
“Mr Bridgen spent time talking with our staff and patients, which I hope he enjoyed, and we are keen for him to return to the hospital to repeat the experience.”