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Secretary of State for Health praises staff at Bath RUH

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt praised staff at Bath RUH for their hard work during a visit on Thursday.

Mr Hunt was taken round the hospital by James Scott, chief executive of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

As well as meeting staff volunteers and patients on the RUH wards, he visited the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and the new Combe Ward- a world leading dementia friendly ward.

At the Oncology outpatients centre, Mr Hunt heard about plans for a new state of the art cancer centre. Fundraising for the centre is still taking place.

He said: “Across the South West we are working hard to ensure that our NHS delivers quality patient care and outcomes.

“I would like to congratulate the RUH and its staff for their recent success in achieving Foundation Trust status.

“It is clear that there are some exciting times ahead for the RUH with plans including the new cancer centre.”

Prospective Conservative MP Ben Howlett organised the visit.

He said “We are so lucky to have the RUH in Bath.

“Meeting nurses and doctors today showed just how they are leading the way in provision of healthcare.

“As someone who has recently lost a grandmother with dementia, the new Combe Ward showed just how they are providing excellent services to patients and their families by ensuring their lives are happy and safe.”