Labour MP Candidate Luke Charters visits Clifton Park Hospital in York to see High Quality Healthcare in Action

Luke Charters - Labour’s Candidate for York Outer standing in this year’s General Election – has visited Clifton Park Hospital in the constituency to meet local doctors, nurses and wider staff working at the hospital to deliver high quality healthcare to patients across York, and further afield.


Luke met with Hospital Director Sandra Donoghue to discuss the wide range of treatments and services available at the hospital, which includes Orthopaedics, diagnostics and treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders. As well as visiting Clifton Park Hospital’s 24-bed inpatient ward, theatre suite and ambulatory care unit, Luke also saw the hospital’s latest state of the art technology, including the ROSA Robotic Knee Assistant, the robotic surgical assistant which helps surgeons in performing total knee replacement surgery.


During the visit, Luke also met with Head of Clinical Services, Holly Kitching, and Business Relations Manager, Jessica Hedley, to see ‘people caring for people’ in action.  The hospital recently installed a new, state-of-the-art static MRI scanner, part of a £1.6m investment to reduce MRI wait times, providing high quality and expertly reported imaging to patients.

Clifton Park Hospital is part of Ramsay Health Care UK, which owns and operates 34 hospitals across the UK, caring for NHS patients, as well as those using private healthcare insurance or those who choose to self-fund their care.

During the visit, Luke also had the opportunity to learn more about the long-established relationship between Clifton Park Hospital and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where a sub-contract in place for the hospital to deliver elective healthcare services in the locality. The relationship aims to improve the provision of services to the wider health community, including reducing both surgical and diagnostic NHS waiting times.


In 2023, Ramsay Health Care UK published their Social Impact Report with the Purpose Coalition, setting out how the organisation is breaking down barriers to opportunity and living up to its responsibilities as an employer.

Clifton Park Hospital Director, Sandra Donoghue said:

“I was delighted to welcome Luke to Clifton Park Hospital to showcase our work as part of the whole health community. As a major provider of local healthcare in York, we work in partnership with our NHS colleagues to deliver vital care to patients, when they need it.

As part of our visit, it was great to be able to introduce Luke to our team, to hear directly from them about our work to deliver care for patients across York and North Yorkshire”

Luke Charters, Labour’s Candidate for York Outer said

 “I was delighted to visit Clifton Park Hospital to learn about the crucial work of healthcare staff helping to deliver for patients. It was encouraging to see such a high standard of technology used in the hospital.”

Clifton Park Hospital is a joint venture comprising Ramsay Health Care UK (RHCUK) and North Yorkshire Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYOS) Ltd. Ramsay Health Care UK is one of the leading providers of independent hospital services in England, with a network of 34 hospitals. These provide a wide and comprehensive range of specialised and efficient clinical specialties from Orthopaedics and General Surgery to Women and Men’s Health and Eye Surgery.


Notes to editors:

1)    In March 2024, Clifton Park Hospital also welcomed current York Outer MP Julian Sturdy to the hospital for a similar visit. More information is available here:

2)    More information about Ramsay Health Care UK’s Social Impact Report is available at: