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Chesterfield Royal Hospital general view
Chesterfield Royal Hospital general view

Forty new nurses are to be taken on by Chesterfield Royal Hospital thanks to a major six-figure investment.

Forty new nurses are to be taken on by Chesterfield Royal Hospital thanks to a major six-figure investment.

Health chiefs have hailed the unprecedented staffing boost which will benefit nine wards at the Calow hospital.

The announcement comes after last year’s staff survey highlighted concerns about workforce levels on some wards and a reliance on agency nurses.

Hospital bosses conducted a review in response to the survey and concluded there was a definite need for more permanent qualified nurses on a number of wards.

Speaking after directors gave the nod to the £1.5m investment, Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s chief executive Gavin Boyle said: “In this case our staff were spot on – we have listened and we have been able to take action.

“This staffing increase will help to improve our quality of care and make financial savings as we become less reliant on expensive temporary workers.

“I believe it’s absolutely the right thing to do for our patients and staff.”

Alfonzo Tramontano, Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s chief nurse, added: “We want every patient to have a fantastic experience and this announcement will support our aim.

“It’s really fantastic news for nursing at the Royal and we are determined to make it succeed.”

The 40 posts are expected to be filled within the next six months.

A hospital spokesman said the recruitment drive is set to start “imminently” and added the posts will be widely advertised.

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