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MP invites new health minister to tour Rowley Regis Hospital
5:26pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in Local
THE Government’s new health minister has been invited to see the innovative work being done at Rowley Regis Hospital.
The town’s MP James Morris extended the invitation to Anna Soubry during a parliamentary debate on community hospitals a few days after she was promoted to her new position.
Mr Morris praised the work done by staff at Rowley Regis and highlighted the hospital’s new Henderson Re-enablement Unit, which helps patients to recover after strokes and other life-changing illnesses and injuries.
As well as medical treatment and physical therapy, the hospital helps patients to regain the ability and confidence to carry out necessary everyday tasks in a safe and supportive environment.
Mr Morris fought a high-profile campaign in 2010 to restore in-patient services to the hospital and officially opened the Henderson Unit last year.
Speaking after the debate, he said: “I have invited the new minister to Rowley Regis so that she can see for herself the fantastic professionalism and compassion of the hospital staff, and the important work being done at the hospital to help patients to recover and readjust after serious illnesses and injuries.
“Community hospitals like Rowley Regis are extremely important to the patients they care for and treat and offer a kind of care that is extremely difficult to replicate in a larger hospital.
“Being at the heart of the local community, rather than in a larger town a long bus journey away, helps to soften the anxiety of being away from families and friends, and makes it easier for families to visit and help relatives through their recovery.
“The local community is rightly proud of Rowley Regis Hospital and I am delighted that the local NHS Trust is continuing to explore additional in-patient services that can be brought to the hospital, following the success of the new Henderson Unit.”