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Debbie Fleming joins Poole Hospital as chief executive

Debbie Fleming has today (1 April) taken up post as the new chief executive of Poole Hospital.

Debbie brings with her over 30 years’ experience in the NHS. She joins Poole Hospital from NHS England, where she served as area director for Wessex, and has also held a variety of other senior posts within the NHS including more than a decade in chief executive roles at Bournemouth & Poole and Hampshire primary care trusts.

Her appointment as chief executive marks a return to Poole Hospital for Debbie. She began her NHS management career at the hospital and enjoyed ten years as the trust’s general manager for medicine during the 1990s.

Debbie said: “It is a real privilege to be returning to Poole Hospital as chief executive. The hospital has a history and tradition of providing innovative, high quality, patient-centred care and I am extremely proud to be part of this organisation again.”

“I am greatly looking forward to working with staff from across the hospital to create a sustainable future for the organisation, and am absolutely committed to ensuring that as we move forwards, we maintain the quality, passion and values that make Poole Hospital so special.”

Debbie has taken over from former chief executive Chris Bown, who left the hospital on 31 March 2014.

Angela Schofield, chairman of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, described Debbie as a ‘high-calibre leader’ and said: “Debbie is an extremely experienced and capable person with all the attributes required to steer this trust through the challenges ahead.”

She also paid tribute to former chief executive Chris Bown, commenting: “Chris’s sterling leadership, energy, hard work and commitment to patients have been a driving force in ensuring that Poole remains a hospital focused on quality of care.”

Date: 1 April 2014

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