The special council meeting in The Pavillion at Ascot Racecourse last night (May 9), which was also attended by hundreds of members of the public, voted to:
*Reinforce its commitment to fight for local health facilities to be maintained and enhanced across the borough
*Arrange to meet Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, alongside Windsor MP Adam Afriyie
*Arrange to meet representatives of Frimley Park Trust to discuss the future options for Heatherwood
*Work with other stakeholders to consider the viability of a social enterprise, providing intermediate or other care facilities at Heatherwood.
The meeting was called after the decision by the now-defunct NHS Berkshire Primary Care Trust cluster board in March to move the minor injuries unit at Heatherwood, integrating it in a new urgent care centre at the Bracknell Clinic at Brants Bridge; close the rehabilitation ward at Heatherwood in favour of providing rehabilitation care in the community and eight beds at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough; permanently close the Ascot Birth Centre at Heatherwood.