“I recognise that the people of Redditch and the surrounding areas have deep concerns about their healthcare services, and they care passionately about the delivery of these services. This section of my website will be a reference point for all of my activities and information regarding this issue.”
There are now 37 more hospital doctors and 84 more nurses at the Acute Trust than in 2010.
Since she was elected as Redditch’s MP in June 2017, Rachel’s number one priority continues to be supporting the Alex and making sure residents get the first-class services they deserve.
Within one month of being elected, Rachel met with the then Health Minister, Philip Dunne, the Chair & Clinical Lead of the Redditch & Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Michelle McKay, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt.
In her maiden speech, Rachel hammered home her commitment to support the Alex. Rachel also used her first opportunity to ask a question in the House of Commons to press the Health & Social Care Secretary on staff recruitment at the Alex.
Rachel has also continuously lobbied the Government on the £29million capital investment promised to the Acute Trust. This significant amount of money will see the Worcestershire Royal Hospital getting upgraded maternity wards, theatres and children’s services, while the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch will get extra money to pay for improvements to the elective care centre, endoscopy, children’s outpatients and an upgrade in theatres.
As a result Rachel’s extensive lobbying efforts, the long-awaited improvements at the Alexandra Hospital will begin this year, the Health Secretary has confirmed.
In October 2019, it was announced that Rachel had successfully secured the additional funding hospital bosses needed to submit a business case for improvement works at the Alexandra Hospital.
Following meetings with the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust last month, it emerged that, as a result of increased costs from contractors, the £29.6million awarded to the Trust in 2017 would no longer cover the cost of planned improvement works at the Alex.
After discovering this funding would no longer cover the costs of works at the Alex due to inflationary pressures, Rachel lobbied the Health & Social Secretary, Matt Hancock, to increase the capital funding the Trust needs from £29.6 million to £31.9 million.
In October 2019, it was confirmed Rachel secured the additional funding the Trust needed after the Secretary of State agreed that his Department will provide additional capital funding to ensure the Trust can deliver the improvements at the Alex to benefit local patients. The Trust will repay this capital funding to the Department in the coming years.
1. A hospital or foundation trust that is high-performing in the relevant areas can partner with the under-performing trust. This partner will help the hospital and its health services to improve.
2. An action plan is written by the trust in discussion with the regulator and local commissioners. It contains details of what improvements are needed and the progress that has been made. Trusts regularly update it with details of the progress they’ve made.
3. An improvement director is appointed to monitor the trust’s progress as it works to achieve the specific steps set out in the action plan.
Many minor complaints such as coughs and colds can be treated by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Your local pharmacist can give expert, confidential advice or medicines for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, tummy troubles and much more.
Call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast, free medical advice when it’s not an emergency. This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.
GPs can help you with many health problems and complaints and can provide a wide range of family health services. Contact your GP for an appointment before attending A&E. If you are not registered with a GP visit www.nhs.uk to find a surgery in your area.
Minor Injury Units (MIUs) offer fast, convenient and expert care for minor conditions including cuts, grazes, sprains and burns. Waiting times here are around 20 minutes on average.
There are five MIUs across Worcestershire: