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Hospital “starts digging”

Credit: Hinchingbrooke hospital

Three long-serving members of staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital have played a special part in marking the start of works that will see the creation of a new, state-of-the-art theatres block on the hospital site.

Sue Bellamy, Brian Young and Christine Wooff have a combined NHS long service of over 80 years and have seen many changes to their local hospital in that time. They all played a key part in marking the start of the building works by digging the first spades of earth in the ground where the build will begin.

Sue, Theatre Support Worker and Brian, Theatre Team Manager, have both worked in the Theatres department for over 20 years. Both are looking forward to working in the new building and have been involved with the development of the plans to provide the latest operating facilities that will improve the experience of both patients and staff alike.

Christine is a Chef in the Catering department and is the longest-serving member of staff at Hinchingbrooke, having clocked up an impressive 41 years’ service. Christine started working for the NHS aged just 18 and transferred to the new Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 1984 when it first opened its doors to the public.

Christine said: “There have been so many changes over the years and it is great to see the investment being put into the theatre block. This will benefit the staff and community for years to come.”

Caroline Walker, Chief Executive for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “I am really excited to see the first steps being taken in the journey towards building our new main theatres block facility. This will be a state-of-the-art building, with larger rooms, a better layout for our patients and staff, as well as innovative new equipment. The staff have been working closely with our Redevelopment Programme  team to ensure that this will help us create facilities that are fit for the future needs of our patients.”

Source:  Press Release from North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust  13th August 2021