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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Employees  3,300
Chief Executive  Iain McInnes (interim)
Care Quality Commission reports  CQC
Chair  Richard Fraser
Website  Southport and Ormskirk
Founded  1999
CEO  Iain McInnes (15 Aug 2016–)

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is the principal healthcare provider to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. It has a budget of more than £180m and employs 3,300 staff. Further details about the Trust can be found in the 2015/16 annual report.



The Trust provides care at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital as well as NHS community care in clinics and patients’ homes. It is also responsible for West Lancashire Health Centre and Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre. Around 2,600 babies are born each year at the maternity unit at Ormskirk each year.

The Trust's adult community care and walk-in service contracts in West Lancashire were awarded to Virgin Care in autumn 2016. The Southport and Formby contracts were awarded to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Both contracts become effective from May 2017.

The Trust is the home of the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre which provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man. The centre, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of people who require permanent mechanical ventilation following spinal cord injury, admits patients from across the United Kingdom for this highly specialised care.


The Trust was rated "requirements improvement" following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in April 2016.

Chief executive Jonathan Parry, Chief Operating Officer Sheilah Finnegan, and Sharon Partington, Director of Human Resources, were all excluded from work in August 2015 after complaints by whistleblowers relating to a "serious employment issue". Partington subsequently resigned. Parry was dismissed and Finnegan was cleared but retired.


In 1948 there were seven hospitals in Southport: Southport General Infirmary, the Promenade Hospital, Greaves Hall Hospital, Fleetwood Road Hospital, New Hall Hospital run by Ramsay Health Care UK and, for maternity services, St Katherine’s and the Christiana Hartley unit.

The present organisation was formed by merging acute services in Southport and Ormskirk in 1999. NHS community services were acquired from the former NHS Sefton and NHS Central Lancashire Primary Care Trusts in April 2011.


Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Wikipedia

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