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Greg Mulholland visits Wharfedale Hospital to hear progress of two re-opened wards

May 30, 2017 3:23 PM

Greg Mulholland, the Liberal Democrat candidate standing in Leeds North West, has visited Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, to see the progress that has been made at the hospital since the two wards reopened to cater specifically for existing older patients, who no longer require acute care but who are not ready to go back home or into other care settings.

Mr Mulholland met with Julian Hartley and Linda Pollard, the Chief Executive and Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust respectively, to discuss how the wards have been operating since being re-opened.

Mr Mulholland had been calling for the re-opening of the two wards at Wharfedale Hospital since they were closed in 2006 and 2011. The ongoing campaigning efforts also included thousands of signatures on petitions criticising previous ward closures. Greg founded the community 'Support Wharfedale Hospital' campaign and organised a petition, signed by 5,000 local people, which was handed to Parliament.

The Support Wharfedale Hospital Campaign achieved success when the Bilberry Unit re-opened in January this year, followed by the second ward in March, both providing an extra 26 beds.

Wharfedale Hospital - StaffCommenting Greg Mulholland said:

"I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Wharfedale Hopsital, to see the difference that these two wards have made.

"Despite only being open for a few months it is clear that the wards have made a huge difference, not only to local residents in Otley, with the hospital now able to provide care closer to home, but to the staff at the hospital, who can see that the hospital is finally being properly utilised."