Royal Borough launches petition to save services at Heatherwood Hospital

Published: 22 Mar 2013 09:302 comments

Royal Borough councillors have launched a petition to save services at Heatherwood Hospital.

Sunninghill and South Ascot ward councillor John Story has launched the bid to fight the proposed transfer of services away from the Ascot site.

Cllr Story is petitioning the Royal Borough to 'do everything in its power to fight NHS plans to cut services at Heatherwood Hospital and to fight for local health facilities to be maintained and enhanced across the borough, not cut, removed or centralised to other places'.

The petition is now available for signature on the council's website and is open to everyone who lives, works or studies in the Royal Borough.

Cllr Story said: "Local people are appalled by the recommendations for our hospital and I and my fellow councillors are determined to fight to save local services for local people.

"The petition to the council is a first step in securing public support. If we can collect 1,000 signatures we can request a special meeting of the council to discuss residents' very real concerns and ensure this important issue is not swept away."

To add your name to the petition click here

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  • jamierb
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    Mar 22, 22:11
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    Heatherwood is a fantastic hospital that is SO popular

    with local residents. The Minor Injuries and Orthopaedic services

    are superb and the staff at Heatherwood a cut-above the normal.

    The hospital serves Ascot, Bracknell, Simminghill and Sunningdale

    and it is a necessity or over 100,000 people will need to travel

    up to 45 mins to Frimley, Wexham or Royal Berks.

    Recognise quality of service and keep it in the community.

    Moving Minor Injuries should not be an option

    The Heatherwood location is perfect for all.

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  • RGHAscot
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    Mar 24, 21:36
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    As a fairly regular user of the excellent services provided at Heatherwood Hospital, such as the phlebotomy clinic and some of the outpatient clinics, I have more than a passing interest in the future of the Hospital. I read the views of Dr Lee in your issue of 23 March and heartily agree with his opposition to any proposed salami slicing. It seems obvious that a steady running down of facilities would inevitably be followed by closure - yet another another self fulfilling prophecy.

    Whilst I concur with much that Dr Lee said I did find one point very startling. This was the statement that 80% of patients treated at Heatherwood are actually from Slough. Has there been a transcription error on your (The News) part, or perhaps someone has used the SL postcode for their demographics with out realising that it covers Ascot, Windsor and other surrounding areas? And, is this a figure for in-patients, outpatients or a summation?

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