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Royal Borough votes to fight Heatherwood decision

Published: 10 May 2013 09:302 comments

THE Royal Borough last night voted on four resolutions to fight transfer of services from Heatherwood Hospital.

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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.

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