THE top manager of the Fylde coast’s hospitals has announced he is leaving.
Aidan Kehoe, who has been chief executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since July 2009, will take up a new post at a major teaching hospital in Liverpool.
It has not yet been announced when he will leave to become chief executive of The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mr Kehoe said: “I will be very sorry to leave Blackpool, as I have worked with some fantastic, dedicated people over the years who are extremely passionate about improving patient care for our local population.
“Liverpool is my home city and it is an exciting time for Liverpool at the moment. The Royal Liverpool is at the final stage of plans for a new £425m hospital scheme which would regenerate the city and I am looking forward to being part of that.”
Mr Kehoe has been in charge of the Blackpool Trust during a number of changes.
A new £3.1m Urgent Care Centre opened in June 2010 next to the accident and emergency department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, The Vic went live with a new electronic patient record system, and a £16.5m project to provide a new multi-storey car park and create a new entrance at the hospital was started.
A new breast care centre opened along with the £300,000 state of-the-art clinical research centre, and a high-tech £40m surgical unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital also opened its doors. The trust also won awards for patient safety.
Ian Johnson, chairman of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “Aidan will be sadly missed by us all. He has made many achievements during his time at Blackpool hospitals including managing successful applications for Foundation Trust and Teaching Hospitals status and leading the trust through significant periods of change.”