Hospital merger imminent

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THE merger of Whitby and Scarborough’s hospitals with the York NHS Foundation Trust is “imminent” and set to take place on 1 July.

As part of the acquisition the trust has also pledged to invest over £25 million in capital improvements in Scarborough, Whitby and other healthcare facilities on the east coast.

Alan Rose, chairman of the York Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, said that staff across all the sites are working on integration plans and the opportunities this will create.

He added: “Clearly there are risks, but the key leaders across the two Trusts are committed to making this work and enabling a continued raising of standards.

“The sustainability of the healthcare economy across York and North Yorkshire is hugely strengthened by this transition.”

The trust is currently appealing for a new governor to represent Whitby trust members and is hosting an information session at Whitby Hospital on Monday 9 July between 5pm and 7pm.

The merger has been seen as a way to strengthen both the York foundation trust and Scarborough and Whitby hospitals, which were part of the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, as it will allow for resources to be shared and extra funding to be received.

The York foundation trust has reported a successful year financially and Mr Rose said: “Access to good quality care has continued to improve and the independent surveys of our inpatients and outpatients continue to be extremely positive across nearly all criteria.

“We are never complacent, however, and we continue to challenge all our service teams to improve.”

Election of governors will take place over the summer, with successful candidates taking up their roles in October this year.

For more information about the role of governor, contact the foundation trust secretary by emailing anna.pridmore@york.nhs.uk or call (01904) 721418.