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Right Arrow Chairman bids farewell after eight years at Trust
03 November 2014 at 09:37

Sir Ron Watson CBE has retired as Chairman after eight years at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Sir Ron chaired his final Board meeting on Wednesday and welcomed the new Chair, Sue Musson, who will officially take up the position on 1 November.

During his time with the Trust, Sir Ron has seen many changes including the creation of the Integrated Care Organisation in 2009, which saw the Trust take responsibility for community health services.

Sir Ron, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Trust and I’ve always been impressed with the commitment, skill and hard work all the staff put in to make the Trust a success and deliver the best care possible for our patients.

“The Trust will face challenges over the coming years, as will the entire NHS, but I have confidence in the team to ensure the local community continues to receive the best service possible under changing circumstances.

“I will certainly miss my contact with everyone but will continue to give my absolute support as the Trust moves forward on its journey to foundation trust and beyond.”

Photograph shows Sue Musson and Sir Ron Watson with Board members

Issued by Kimberley Rushton Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 705061
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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.