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Prime Minister visits Chelsea and Westminster to listen to staff

19 May 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Thursday 19 May for a listening event on NHS modernisation with nurses and allied health professionals including therapist, pharmacists and radiographers.

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Thursday 19 May for a listening event on NHS modernisation with nurses and allied health professionals including therapist, pharmacists and radiographers.

He was joined by Health Minister Anne Milton, Professor Steve Field (Chair of the NHS Future Forum), Dame Christine Beasley (Chief Nursing Officer) and Karen Middleton (Chief Allied Health Professions Officer).

The event took place in the new Lower Ground Floor Outpatients Department which opened to patients in January this year.

This was Mr Cameron’s first visit to Chelsea and Westminster as Prime Minister—he last visited the hospital in January 2010 as Leader of the Opposition when he met patients and staff on the Maternity Unit.

This was the second listening event at Chelsea and Westminster in the last three weeks—Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 27 April for the first listening event on NHS modernisation exclusively for patients.

He also met patients and staff during a tour of the hospital including the Stroke Unit and the new Outpatients Department.

Following the tour, Mr Clegg and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow met more than 30 patients from the local area including Foundation Trust Governors to hear their views and discuss modernisation plans.

Photo (top): Prime Minister David Cameron with Therese Davis (Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Flow & Patient Experience), Heather Lawrence (Chief Executive) and Prof Sir Christopher Edwards (Chairman)

346-pm-visit-1.jpg Prime Minister David Cameron walks through the new Lower Ground Floor Outpatients Department with Charmaine Robinson (Senior Staff Nurse) and Heather Lawrence (Chief Executive) 346-pm-visit-2.jpg Prime Minister David Cameron makes a point with Natasha Thomas (Ultrasonographer) and Kathryn Mangold (Clinical Nurse Lead) watching on