Hospital's chief exec leaves

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 July 2011

Views of Weston General Hospital, Grange Rd, Uphill.; 13-4-05

Views of Weston General Hospital, Grange Rd, Uphill.; 13-4-05


THE head of Weston Area Health Trust, Lorene Read, is stepping down after four years in charge.

Mrs Read will leave her role as chief executive of the trust, which manages Weston General Hospital, on September 1.

She will depart to take up a new position as chief executive at Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust.

Mrs Read joined Weston Area Health Trust at a time when it was in a list of 17 health trusts flagged up by Government ministers over concerns over finances.

But, after achieving a £9million saving in her first year, she has steered the hospital to financial stability.

She has also helped the trust stay within a national list of top 40 hospitals for the seventh consecutive year – a record for any South West NHS trust.

But the job has not come without its challenges as the growth in population presents extra pressures on emergency services and treatment waiting times.

This week, she told the Mercury: “I’m heartbroken to leave the hospital, but I have my own ambition to join a larger health trust to manage.

“I think that during my time here I have helped the trust get to a financially stable state and create a genuine sense that patients come first.

“It’s sad to leave because the town is a great place to work and I have met and worked with many excellent people.”

Weston Area Health Trust chairman Chris Creswick said: “As chief executive Mrs Read has become recognised as a strong advocate for patient care and safety.

“She has made a hugely valuable contribution to the trust’s progress over the last four years - there have been significant improvements in many areas, especially in the control of hospital acquired infections and in access to treatment.”

Board members of the trust are expected to soon appoint an interim chief executive and start a search for someone to fill the role permanently.

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