WORKFORCE: Southport and Ormskirk Hospital has appointed orthopaedic surgeon Rob Gillies as its new executive medical director, the trust has reported.

Mr Gillies was formerly deputy medical director at Greater Manchester-based Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust.

He succeeds paediatrician Dr Geraldine Boocock, who is retiring after 26 years at Southport and Ormskirk and nine as medical director, the trust said in a statement.