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Caroline Wood takes over from Sue Brooks as matron of Stamford and Rutland Hospital

The new matron of Stamford and Rutland Hospital has pledged to make it ‘safe and welcoming’.

Caroline Wood was speaking as she took over from Sue Brooks who retired in May.

Miss Wood will take up her new role on Monday.

Caroline Wood, the new matron of Stamford and Rutland Hospital
Caroline Wood, the new matron of Stamford and Rutland Hospital

The 46 year-old mother of two, said: “It’s very exciting to be taking up my new role.

“It’s been a bit of a swift turnaround because we’ve got trust inspections coming up.

“It’s going to be a bit of a baptism of fire because we’ve got Care Quality Commissions inspections next week.

“I’m really looking forward to serving the people of Stamford and I hope I can fill the big shoes that I have been left with.

“My new role is a big change from what I’ve been used to.

“I was a physio for about 15 years prior to moving into infection control.

“My first priorities will be to make sure we are well-staffed to provide a good service to the local community.

“I also want to make sure the hospital is a safe and welcoming environment for all.

“I’ve worked in Sleaford, Grantham and Stamford so I know the community very well.”

Caroline, who is single and lives in a village just outside Stamford, said her hobbies are spending time with her two cockapoos and two children.

She did acknowledge that the hospital is ‘run down in places’ and said ‘there’s got to be some development’ to the site.

Jo Bennis, chief nurse at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to welcome Caroline to her new post and look forward to seeing her working with her Stamford colleagues to maintain care quality and trust values.”

The hospital was rated as 'Good' in its most recent Care Quality Commission inspection from 2014.

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