Suella Braverman’s longstanding ambition to improve services at Fareham Community Hospital (FCH) has come to fruition, as a new Renal Home Therapies Hub has been opened by the Wessex Kidney Centre. This innovative service will offer dialysis treatment, home therapies and respite care for hundreds of patients who generally rely on the Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Despite FCH’s limited functionality during this period, Suella was permitted a tour of the new facility, guided by Care Director, Dr Natalie Borman and General Manager, Steven Dudfield, who outlined the significance of this development with regards to patient care.
After the meeting, Suella praised the Friends of Fareham Community Hospital – led by Petta Dillaway – for their role in securing this new service, while expressing her sincerest gratitude to Locks Heath and Fareham Meon Rotary Club for their generous donations.
As Chairman of the FCH Taskforce since 2015 – which was established to expand the hospital’s services – Suella has devoted her time and energy into transforming the FCH from a ‘ghost clinic’ into a modern facility capable of providing first-class health care while satisfying local demand.
Further improvements are still required before the Taskforce’s ‘Future Vision’ is realised, but this latest initiative represents a firm step in the right direction and bears testament to the hard-work and dedication of all those involved – including Fareham and Gosport CCG and CHP.
The ‘Future Vision’ document – and the recommendations therein – was inspired by a desire to alleviate pressure on nearby hospitals such as the QA, and to provide a more efficient and effective local service.
Suella Braverman, MP for Fareham, said:
“I am pleased to see that the recommendations included in my ‘Vision for Fareham Community Hospital’, published last year, are being taken forward by local health trusts. Indeed, this initiative represents an important step in delivering the care that patients in Fareham deserve.
The team at Fareham Community Hospital have behaved admirably in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and I wish to express my gratitude for their efforts over the last few months. As we slowly emerge from the current crisis, we must shift our focus towards the future and continue to improve the provision and quality of local health care in Fareham.”