Nurses campaign is nearing target to reopen Midhurst Community Hospital

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The campaign to find staff and reopen Midhurst’s much loved community hospital is in its fifth week and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust reports it is just 2.5 registered nurses short.

Sue Marshall, Chief Nurse at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said, “We have made some good progress and I would like to thank all our staff, the Friends of Midhurst Community Hospital, and the community for their support and hard work”

“We are redoubling efforts to find the final few nurses to cover all our shifts. We’re looking for registered nurses looking for a new challenge, and Midhurst is a fantastic place to work.”

34 people attended the recent recruitment day and candidates were interviewed both for registered nurse and health care assistant roles.

An SCT spokesman said: “At the current time we are 2.5 registered nurses short of the full number required to cover all the shifts safely. This takes account of thee new appointments still going through the appointment process. Once we have recruited the final nurses we will have two RNs per shift (a national safety requirement) and will be able to reopen.”

The registered nurse and health care assistant team vacancy rate is now 16 per cent which is down from 60 per cent at the beginning of the campaign.

“We are redoubling effort to recruit the final RNs. This includes additional adverts which are appearing in local press and on social media. We are also providing focussed support from admin staff and HR to complete HR processes quickly.”

Chairman of the Friends of Midhurst Community Hospital George Marchand added: “Most of the area is now aware of the need for qualified nurses. The Friends have been working closely with existing staff to distribute posters and maintain publicity. Interviewing has been streamlined and become more effective and resulted in a number of nurses applying and accepting positions.

“Aspects of recruiting on a longer term basis have also been discussed including accommodation, transport provision and rotational training with other providers on the site for qualified nurses.”

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