Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt opens new £40m emergency hub at hospital

Jeremy Hunt officially unveils the plaque with the help of senior sister Liz Hall and nurses Charlen

Jeremy Hunt officially unveils the plaque with the help of senior sister Liz Hall and nurses Charlene Hollingworth and Megan Lawrence. - Credit: Archant

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt opened a new £40m ‘emergency hub’ at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage today (Friday).

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the opening of the new emergency department at the Lister Hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the opening of the new emergency department at the Lister Hospital - Credit: Archant

Cabinet Minister Mr Hunt, along with nursing staff, pulled the cord to reveal a plaque at the new ward, which will serve accident and emergency patients from Welwyn Hatfield and other neighbouring areas, as well as Stevenage.

Mr Hunt said: “I’m very proud to be here.

“I know Stephen McPartland, Oliver Heald and Peter Lilley realise the huge step forward this is for their constituents.”

Mr Hunt said the biggest challenge facing the NHS was an ageing population, with one million over-65s in the UK, with that figure set to grow by another million in the next five years.


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He thanked staff and volunteers at the hospital at the unveiling, which took place after he took a tour of the site.

• For more on the Health Secretary’s visit buy next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out on Wednesday.

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