New clinical lead at county hospital

Lynne Greig, the new modern matron at Blyth Community Hospital.
Lynne Greig, the new modern matron at Blyth Community Hospital.
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A modern matron says she is keen to carry on the great work of a county hospital.

Lynne Greig is the most senior nurse at Blyth Community Hospital, run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Lynne, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a nurse, provides clinical leadership to the nursing teams based in the hospital.

The hospital’s three wards provide specialist rehabilitation and support for patients, many of whom are elderly, who have been admitted to hospital for a range of acute medical conditions.

Lynne, who joins the team from emergency care at Wansbeck General Hospital and, said: “I am delighted to join the team at Blyth Community Hospital who do a fantastic job delivering first-class personalised care to thousands of patients every year.

“As modern matron, it is my role to support the nursing teams in every way I can and ensure patients have the best possible experiences of our care. I’m also here to listen to patients and their relatives about their experiences with us here at Blyth and make sure that as a nursing team we are focussed on continually improving our quality of services.”

Lynne, who replaces Deborah Blackburn, who retired, as matron, is passionate about improving patients’ experiences of being in hospital and has helped to set up an arts partnership at the hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare is working with Northumberland Arts Development and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure to promote the arts in hospitals and leisure centres in south east Northumberland.

Caroline Beck, Blyth hospital’s reader in residence, runs a weekly active reading workshop for patients and visitors as a way to engage people to reflect on their lives and tell their own stories.

The reading workshop runs every Wednesday at 2pm until December 4.