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Meet our new Medical Director
08 August 2017

Crawford JamiesonOur hospital’s new Medical Director has spoken of his commitment to delivering safe, high quality services while finding innovative ways to improve patient care and help people to enjoy a better quality of life.

Crawford Jamieson, who has been a consultant gastroenterologist here since March last year, took up his new role last Monday (31 July). He brings with him nearly 30 years of NHS experience, and has worked in various London hospitals as well as at the James Paget in Gorleston, and the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, where he went on to hold the post of associate medical director. 

Dr Jamieson chose to join Ipswich because of the hospital’s “excellent reputation”, and is relishing the prospect of working more closely with health and social care partners in his role as medical director.

He will continue to see a small number of outpatients to maintain his clinical skills, and also plans to spend time alongside clinical colleagues from across the hospital to find out more about the challenges and opportunities they face on the front line.

“It’s a huge privilege to be given this role,” said Dr Jamieson, whose wife is a care of the elderly consultant at Ipswich. “It is a very exciting time for us as we have the opportunity to truly join up care pathways and provide seamless health and social care services for local people, which is something lots of people in the NHS have wanted to see happen for some time.

“My overwhelming priority will always be patient safety, which ties in closely with our ambition to become one of the safest hospitals in the UK. Our primary thoughts at all times should be around keeping our patients safe and making sure they get the best possible outcomes.

“I also want to capitalise on the great opportunities we have to work more closely as a system to improve quality and deliver more effective healthcare which keeps patients out of hospital wherever possible. As part of this work I will be engaging with my clinical colleagues at both Ipswich and Colchester to see how we can work together to improve healthcare in east Suffolk and north Essex.

“At the same time, our population is aging and is has increasingly complex healthcare needs. Our challenge is to collaborate with our health and care colleagues and our patients to find innovative new ways of working so that we can improve our services and help people enjoy a better quality of life.”