First Board Meeting in public of Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust
April 26th was an historic day. Hillingdon Hospital always said it would continue to meet in public if it gained foundation trust status – and, in contrast to some foundation trusts who stubbornly hold all Board Meetings behind closed doors, Hillingdon Hospitals has kept its word. Achieving this new status is a great credit to the hard work of the Trust, as the path to success is complex and demanding. Now it has the pleasure of heading the field , while for neighbouring NHS Trusts this status is still a far goal. In the process it has changed its name. Have you noticed that it is now The Hillingdon Hospitals FT? Only one letter different, but at last Mount Vernon is in on the act!
The first Board Meeting in public heard very good news. All last financial year’s targets were met. Earlier this month the Minor Injuries Unit at Mount Vernon celebrated 15 successful years in operation – it enjoys high public esteem, serves 24,000 patients and undertakes approximately 8,000 radiological scans per year. There was good news for patients too – the Board is surveying its hospitals for introduction of hearing loops to assist people who are hard of hearing and it hopes to complete the work in the year ahead.
Let’s hope this good beginning leads to further success ahead.