Sir Ron Watson CBE has retired as Chairman after eight years at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Sir Ron chaired his final Board meeting on Wednesday and welcomed the new Chair, Sue Musson, who will officially take up the position on 1 November.

During his time with the Trust, Sir Ron has seen many changes including the creation of the Integrated Care Organisation in 2009, which saw the Trust take responsibility for community health services.

Sir Ron said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Trust and I’ve always been impressed with the commitment, skill and hard work all the staff put in to make the Trust a success and deliver the best care possible for our patients.

“The Trust will face challenges over the coming years, as will the entire NHS, but I have confidence in the team to ensure the local community continues to receive the best service possible under changing circumstances.

“I will certainly miss my contact with everyone but will continue to give my absolute support as the Trust moves forward on its journey to foundation trust and beyond.”

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