CIVIC dignitaries visited George Eliot Hospital to meet patients and view new facilities at the hospital.
Mayors from across the area were welcomed for a tour of the hospital to meet patients and some of the dedicated staff working in the busy wards.
The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Barry Longden, Mayor of North Warwickshire, Councillor Martin Davies, Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Councillor Janice Richards visited with their Consorts and the Chairman of Warwickshire, County Council, Bob Stevens. The group visit was hosted by George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Chairman, Stuart Annan and Chief Executive, Kath Kelly.
A busy tour schedule started with a change to visit hospital radio station Anker Radio, which is one of this year's Mayor's Charities for Nuneaton and Bedworth alongside Maggie's Memory. The group included a visit to a few of the departments around the hospital including Bob Jakin, Felix Holt, Alexandra and Nason wards and met staff and patients during a typical busy day. Their visit also included a look at the newly refurbished Special Care Baby Unit.
The tour ended with a visit to the award winning Ambulatory Care Unit which looks after patients, who would normally be treated as inpatients, in a comfortable day case environment.
Leaders at the hospital also had an opportunity to talk to the local dignitaries about changes and challenges at the hospital including current investment in services for patients.
Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Barry Longden said: “I know what it is like first hand to be in hospital and hope that all the patients in hospital manage to enjoy Christmas anyway. I am sure they will be looked after by the Staff at the George Eliot Hospital.”
Mayor of North Warwickshire, Councillor Martin Davies said: “I am sure that patients would prefer to be at home over Christmas but be rest assured that the staff will look after them and are doing everything to make this an endurable experience for everyone.”
Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Councillor Janice Richards said: “I want to say a Happy Christmas and New Year for those in hospital. I am sure they will be looked after extremely well and I hope patients will soon be well enough to go home.”
Warwickshire County Council, Councillor, Bob Stevens said: “If you are unwell this Christmas and in hospital I know you don’t want to be away from home but where better to be than at the George Eliot with their very caring and dedicated staff.”
Chief Executive, Kath Kelly said: "I would like to thank the local Mayors and their consorts for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the hospital and see firsthand the investment to our services and meet the hard working staff providing the best care to our patients."