Medical records office at Ripon hospital closing

THE medical records office at Ripon Community Hospital is set to be closed with staff transferred to Harrogate District Hospital.

But a spokesman for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust said the move did not threaten the long-term future of the hospital.

He said: “We would particularly like to emphasise that the trust is committed to retaining a high quality service in Ripon and has no plans to close the hospital.”

The medical records department at Ripon is currently open Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5pm.

The spokesman said: “Due to the very small size of the medical records team that is currently working at Ripon – and the increasingly large workload that they are being asked to cope with – we are planning, this autumn, to integrate the medical records team from Ripon and Harrogate hospitals.

“The team will be based at Harrogate where we have more staff and more space.

“We believe that this will offer patients a higher quality of service than is currently possible at Ripon.”