Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is optimistic more NHS services will become available at the Hospital of St Cross as the town bids to meet the needs of a fast-growing population.
The Conservative politician said he had a “positive discussion” with Professor Andrew Hardy, Chief Executive of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, about expanding the services offered at the hospital during a tour of the facility last week.
The development comes after the hospital’s disused Maple Ward was transformed last September into a new haematology service for patients receiving chemotherapy.
“I had a positive discussion with Professor Hardy about the trust’s broader plans to make use of the buildings and space available at the Hospital of St Cross whenever an opportunity arises for new services to be offered,” Mr Pawsey told WarwickshireLive.
“It was very good to meet with his team and to see for myself the investment and improvements the trust is making in Rugby’s local health services.
“I know from speaking to residents that local health services are something which are valued very highly and many people take pride in our local Hospital of St Cross.
“As Rugby’s MP, I will continue to argue for greater investment at our local hospital.
“I was pleased that Professor Hardy recognises the importance of St Cross to local residents and I hope to see further investment, and new services, as Rugby grows in the coming years.”
Maple Ward is now being utilised for patients receiving chemotherapy and means that Rugby residents can be treated closer to home.
Funded through a £200,000 donation from the Friends of St Cross and £845,000 from the Coventry Hospitals Charity, the ward provides an entirely new service with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
St Cross has also been enhanced with new theatres and a mobile Endoscopy Unit which have enabled more services and treatments to be offered.
Mr Pawsey added: “Maple Ward is a great example of bringing a formerly underutilised building at St Cross to enable better services to be provided for local residents.
“I have consistently made the case that as the town has expanded, health services and other elements of public infrastructure must also expand.
“The new facilities at St Cross means that people can be seen more locally and demonstrates the ongoing commitment which UHCW NHS Trust has to Rugby’s local hospital.”
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