Hospital director reflects on 2021

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!St Hugh’s would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes of the season to those of you celebrating – and hospital director Ashley Brown has chosen five moments from 2021 to highlight.

Top of the list is a big thank-you to the hospital’s staff…

1. “Thank you to the St Hugh’s Hospital team for the continued effort towards the NHS recovery plan.

In 2021, we have treated about 5000 in-patients and day patients – more than 4000 of which were NHS patients. You might not know that, for certain procedures, you can choose to have your treatment here at St Hugh’s, using the Choose and Book system read more here. Ashley said: “We have long supported our regional NHS Trusts to treat patients, but even more so during the coronavirus pandemic as we support the national Elective Recover Programme. Many patients do not appreciate that they can be referred directly to SHH by their GP for NHS treatment, gaining speedier access to services and helping to reduce NHS burden.”

2. “Our work in support of the North East Lincolnshire Integrated Care Partnership.”

The NEL ICP, as it’s known for short, exists to make sure people within the area are supported by a single health and care system that provides the right care, at the right time, in the right place. St Hugh’s Hospital proudly takes its place among other organisations in North East Lincolnshire, including the Care Plus Group, Navigo, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust, and St Andrew’s Hospice.  

3. “Working with the Humberside Breast Screening Service to host a mobile screening unit.”

In April we gave over a part of the car park at our hospital in Peaks Lane to site the Humberside Breast Screening Service’s mobile screening unit. It will be the scanner’s home, in a zero rental agreement, until February 2022, after which the van will move on to a different part of the region before it is scheduled to return in August 2022. Ashley said at the time: “We understand how important screening services are and I’m delighted to be able to offer our space at without any rental fees. It’s important that local women have a convenient and accessible location to visit.”

Humberside Breast-Screening-Service

4. “Successfully operating a Covid-secure site without a single case of Covid-19 being contracted.”

The pandemic is tough, to put it lightly. St Hugh’s is classified as a Super Green site, meaning that it is as clean and as safe as it can be for patients. We have adapted the way we operate to increase patient safety and to continue offering exemplary patient care. Read more about our Covid-19 guidelines here.


5. “Our continued community support, including our ongoing partnership with Friendship At Home.”

We are so proud to support vital organisations within our local community of North EastLincolnshire. We have an ongoing partnership with Friendship At Home through the St Hugh’s Project, funding specialist dementia support for older people who otherwise might experience isolation and loneliness. Read the charity’s Christmas message and more about the project here.

Harbour Palace , another local charity, this time supporting rough sleepers and homeless people, by making regular deliveries of food from our kitchen to theirs. And, of course, we like to celebrate all the good and positive things that go on through our annual Community Awards. Read all about the 2021 winners here.


There we have it – hospital director Ashley Brown’s reflections on 2021. St Hugh’s Hospital closes from tomorrow (December 24) and reopens on Tuesday, January 4… until then, we wish you a very merry festive season!