A NEW matron has taken charge of Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.
Karen Richards has succeeded Jo Habben, who has moved on after two years.
Karen was appointed to her new job by the hospital’s operator, the Sussex Community NHS Trust.
A trust spokeswoman said: “Karen is an extremely experienced senior nurse, both as a general and mental health registered nurse.
“Her career spans emergency care, safeguarding vulnerable adults, A&E, learning disabilities and community hospitals.
“She moves from her current Sussex Community NHS Trust role at Zachery Merton (Rustington) and Arundel Community hospitals to manage inpatient services and the minor injuries unit at Bognor’s war memorial hospital.”
Previous matron Jo said: “I am so sad to leave Bognor after two incredible years as matron. It has been a true privilege.
“However, I am absolutely delighted to hand over to Karen.
“I can leave knowing the hospital is in safe and experienced hands with such a high-calibre senior nurse.”
The war memorial hospital, on Shripney Road, has two wards with 48 inpatient rehabiliation beds as well as many outpatient clincs. They include hydrotherapy, a 16-bed rheumatology unit, radiology and a musculosketal service.