BRIDLINGTON Hospital has a new part-time manager.
Matthew Groom, who began work this week, is the latest in a string of new staff appointments.
Mr Groom said: “I think it is an exciting time for Bridlington and developments here make it a lot more viable and will safeguard the hospital’s future.
“People need to stop worrying about the hospital closing, we are looking to develop and improve services here.”
He explained that essential maintenance work has now begun on the main theatre at Bridlington Hospital and this £500,000 investment demonstrated the health trust’s commitment to Bridlington Hospital.
One of his roles will be to work with the surgical division to look at increasing surgical activity at the hospital when the theatre reopens early next year.
As hospital manager, he will also work closely with the hospital’s matron Hilary Woodward, providing a managerial focus for the hospital and lead on projects to develop services.
Mr Groom, 35, married with two children, will continue to work on a part-time basis for NHS East Riding Primary Care Trust, where he is assistant director of localities.
For the past two years he has worked on commissioning with Bridlington’s GPs, who are keen to develop services at Bridlington Hospital. He is also a member of Bridlington Health Forum.
He began his NHS career in 1997 as a physiotherapist at Hull Royal Infirmary,
His arrival this week follows the appointment since January of an extra five staff at Bridlington to work in the 28-bed Waters Ward and 26-bed Johnson Ward.
They include two senior physiotherapists, a senior occupational therapist, a junior physiotherapist and a new generic therapy assistant.