Duncan Baker met with Sam Higginson (Chief Executive) and Matthew Keeling (Deputy Divisional Operations Manager) of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Friday, to discuss future investment in Norfolk's healthcare.
He said, “It was great to meet Sam, Matthew – and the amazing staff who do such vital work at Cromer Hospital – and to hear their plans and vision for the future. Work on a brand new, state of the art £4.5m cancer treatment facility is about to begin, delivered through a partnership between the NNUH Trust and MacMillan Cancer Support. This kind of fruitful partnership is an exciting way to bring new facilities on stream, and I want to work with Sam and his team to do even more.
“I think Cromer Hospital is the jewel in the crown of our local hospitals. Over the coming months, I want to work with the team to see how we can expand their facilities. A facility such as an Urgent Treatment Centre incorporating mental health facilities would be fantastic and much needed for the community.
"I am keen to help provide more facilities than ever before here in North Norfolk, so that fewer people have to travel into Norwich.”
Mr Baker and other Norfolk MPs will also be advocating for additional funds for the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital as part of the forthcoming government spending review. They will help bid for a capital sum to alleviate the pressure on the hospital’s A&E department which will have significant benefits across Norfolk and help critical issues around our ambulance response times.