Appeal heralds a clean bill of health

L to R 1st pic (Mike Hurst, treasurer of Bedford Hospitals Charity), Stephen Conroy (the chief exec of the hospital) , Jayne Beard (chairman of Bedford Hospitals Charity). Colin Gentile (director of finance and performance at the hospital), PNL-140924-145348001
L to R 1st pic (Mike Hurst, treasurer of Bedford Hospitals Charity), Stephen Conroy (the chief exec of the hospital) , Jayne Beard (chairman of Bedford Hospitals Charity). Colin Gentile (director of finance and performance at the hospital), PNL-140924-145348001

The launch of the new fund-raising appeal for Bedford Hospital comes as South Wing is praised by the health watchdog for its continuing improvements.

Hospital chief executive Stephen Conroy said he is delighted Bedford Hospitals Charity has chosen to support cancer services with its £750k appeal.

He said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have the ongoing support from the charity and our local community and I am sure this latest appeal will be another great success.

“The plans we have developed will help to make a huge difference to care we provide for the many people living locally who are affected by cancer each year.”

National health regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) recognised the improvements made across the hospital during the past year after it carried out an unnanounced two-day inspection in August.

In its report, published yesterday (Wednesday), it found the trust met the 16 criteria assessed, making it one of the few in the area to meet its standards.

Mr Conroy praised staff for achieving the results, adding: “The inspection took place during one of our busiest weeks for emergency admissions, and so the findings of this report are a testament to the resilience of our processes and our absolute commitment to delivering high quality and safe services.”