Andrew says, “Having experienced serious health problems myself in 2014 and 2016 and having spent over 20 days in hospital I know how important our NHS is and I wouldn’t be here without it.”
Volunteering with the North West Ambulance Service
Andrew has been a Community First Responder with the North West Ambulance Service since 2014.
Community first responders can be called upon to attend incidents such as cardiac arrest as well as other emergency situations, and possibly being closer to the patient than an ambulance, they are able to start life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. Andrew has also helped secure funding for the local Community First Responder group and encouraged others to join. For more information see: www.nwas.nhs.uk/volunteer
Burnley General Teaching Hospital
Andrew campaigned against the closure of Burnley General Hospitals Accident and Emergency Department in 2007, under the last Labour government. Despite both Burnley and Pendle having Labour MP’s at the time, the Labour Government ignored all our protests and petitions.
Since his election in 2010, Andrew has fought for more investment at Burnley General Hospital and more investment in the NHS, both locally and nationally. Andrew still feels that Burnley Hospital’s A&E Department should be re-opened, but the 2007 Hospital reconfiguration makes this very difficult. He therefore successfully fought to secure £9 million for a new Urgent Care Centre at Burnley General, which opened its doors to the public on 2014.
In 2015, working with Burnley’s Lib Dem MP, Gordon Birtwistle, Andrew secured a further £15.6 million for Burnley General Hospital. The funding was to greatly improve the hospital’s surgical centre, as well as create a new outpatients unit and ophthalmology centre. In 2017, a new children’s outpatients department opened at Burnley general and construction of a new chemotherapy and breast care unit got underway. There are now 99 extra Doctors and 192 extra Nurses working in East Lancashire Hospitals compared to 2010.
Since the closure of Burnley General Hospitals A&E by the Labour Government in 2007, many more residents living in Colne and West Craven have chosen to use services at Airedale Hospital. To cater for this increased demand the Conservative government funded a new state-of-the-art £6.3 million Accident and Emergency Department which opened in 2014. Not only is the new £6.3 million department much bigger in terms of size and space, but it also incorporates the latest in modern design to improve the care and treatment they can provide now and in the future, particularly for children and patients with dementia. There are now 16 extra Doctors and 71 extra nurses working at Airedale compared to 2010.
Colne Health Centre
Andrew successfully campaigned for a new Colne Health Centre. The new £4.3million state-of-the-art health centre was opened in 2014 by Conservative Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter MP.