THE chairman of the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust has announced he is to step down. Tony Valentine, 66, has chaired the Trust Board since 2005, and formally leaves on Wednesday (1/7), with a new chairman to be appointed shortly.
Mr Valentine has been a member of the board for 13 years, and says he is immensely proud of his achievements.
He said: "I have been a member of the Trust board since 1996 and, when I look back at our our achievements, from the transformation of the provisions for both acute and community mental health, the steady rationalisation and improvement of the Mount Vernon site now with its state of the art Treatment Centre.
"At Hillingdon, with Bevan Ward, our own vision of the future, I am immensely proud to have played my part.
"In recognising all of these achievements and many more besides, I wish to pay tribute to the efforts of all the hundreds of staff whose dedicated efforts brought them to fruition.
"They continue to work ceaselessly to provide a quality of care and service which ensures that the Trust is still on track to be the best general hospital.
"I shall continue to maintain my involvements in the voluntary sector, but also look forward to being able to spend more time with my family, enjoying an active retirement."
David McVittie, chief executive of The Hillingdon Hospital Trust, said: "Tony has devoted many years service to the Trust to ensure that we develop a first class health service which puts patients at the heart of our decision making.
"We will be sorry to lose him but wish him well for his retirement."