Fulzar Ahmed Brendan BrownThe newly elected Lord Mayor of Keighley made his first official visit to Airedale Hospital on Monday to mark his first day in his new role – and was met by Chief Executive Brendan Brown who was also in the first day of his new job.
Fulzar Ahmed, who has also named the Children’s Unit at Airedale Hospital as one of his nominated charities for his year in office, met with Brendan and Chief Operating Officer, Stacey Hunter, to hear about the latest developments the hospital provides for the community.
He was given a guided tour of the new Acute Assessment Unit and was impressed by the space and state of the art facilities.
Fulzar said: “The hospital is a key part of Keighley, for me in my new role it’s about visiting key places locally and what a way to start off with Airedale Hospital. 
“My father passed away a few months ago in the hospital and all my children were born here so I have a really close bond with the hospital.” 
Brendan, who joined the Trust on 4 June from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Mr Ahmed to the hospital and delighted to give him the opportunity to see, first-hand, the new unit which is latest phase of our plan to provide modern, high quality  facilities for patients here in Keighley. I also wanted to thank Mr Ahmed for nominating the Hospital as one of his charities and the benefit this will also bring to patients and their families.” 
Fulzar adds: “One of the reasons I chose the children’s unit for one of my named charities was to put Airedale Hospital at the centre. I’m looking forward to making a difference for this hospital and this ward especially.”
Mr Ahmed was also shown around the Children’s Unit by matron Kirsty Randell, to find out how his donations would help.
Kirsty, who was delighted to meet Fulzar, said:“We are very grateful to Fulzar for choosing us and have so many ideas on how the donation can help.  We are looking at plans to enhance our rooms with murals on the walls so children that have to stay in bed can play games or search for things on the mural.  We are also looking at having an assessment area on the ward, similar to the new unit, whereby children can get rapid assessment and treatment from the paediatric team and then be discharged home or admitted to the ward.”
“Our staff are now putting together a big wish list to help improve the experience of the children and their families, at the same time supporting staff to do their job more efficiently to enable them to give even more of their time to the children.”

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