Rishi has spoken of a bright future for the Friarage Hospital after supporting plans to rebuild the operating theatres and successfully making the case for 24/7 emergency care to be maintained.
He said the range of services at the hospital was set to grow once the Covid-19 pandemic was overcome and the future of the emergency service at the Friarage was settled.
Already the hospital is playing an increasingly important role in the Covid-19 recovery plan for health services in the area by taking more work from the James Cook University Hospital.
The business case for a new operating theatre block is currently being examined by NHS chiefs.
New services at the hospital in recent years have included new eye and kidney units, a diagnostics unit and the Sir Robert Macmillan Cancer Centre.