Stop the Hospital Closures

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Reorganisation of the NHS is leading to damaging changes in healthcare in Hammersmith & Fulham. Our borough's population is rising and demand is increasing. Yet, under the planned changes, access to local emergency care will be drastically reduced.

  • Charing Cross Hospital will be demolished. Much of the site will be sold off to developers to pay for redevelopment of St Mary's and a lesser facility on the remaining land.
  • Hammersmith Hospital's A&E has closed.
  • Charing Cross A&E will be downgraded to an 'emergency centre' run by GPs. There will be no Emergency Medicine consultants on site. Consultants at other sites will provide advice by phone or video link.
  • Because Charing Cross will no longer have a top-tier A&E, its world-class stroke unit will be moved to St Mary's, Paddington.
  • Charing Cross will lose 336 of its 360 in-patient beds, 93% of the total.
  • People who suffer a stroke or who need emergency surgery will have to be taken to St Mary's Paddington instead of Charing Cross. For many, travel times will increase.
  • Travel times for families and carers of these patients will also increase and journeys and parking will be more difficult and more expensive.

We call for an immediate halt to further closures of hospital services in Hammersmith & Fulham, and a full review and public consultation on the future of our local NHS.

 

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signed 2015-04-24 21:45:07 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 14:18:25 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 13:45:50 +0100
Totally unacceptable that this is happening.
signed 2015-04-24 13:18:07 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 12:54:36 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 12:26:11 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 12:04:39 +0100
Hospital closures are damaging our communities.
signed 2015-04-24 12:02:14 +0100
local services for. Local people ! junior DRs get a lot of their training in these smaller A&E departs
signed 2015-04-24 10:46:04 +0100
Having had ops in both hospitals, I found Charing Cross much more “fit for purpose”. I had good treatment in St Mary’s but the ward I was in was Victorian!! I thought the bathroom/

Loo area was a possible breeding ground for germs and because it was old was much harder to keep clean. Not good when one had just had a gynecological operation.

Charing Cross is more modern and suitable.

St Mary’s was harder to get to from west London,for both myself having to be in at seven in the morning for my op, and my husband visiting me.

I had to have a long and very uncomfortable journey home in a taxi after my op. When I felt quite sore.

Charing Cross hospital always seems to be bursting at the seems with patients. How are other hospital going to cope with these people!!!!!

It is crazy to close Charing Cross, a modern, fit for purpose hospital and I am amazed this is even being considered.
signed 2015-04-24 10:16:42 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 10:15:35 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 09:45:36 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 21:54:58 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 21:47:13 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 13:48:17 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 12:15:11 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 09:27:49 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 09:22:19 +0100
For most people who would have used A&E services in H&F the ambulance ride to St Mary’s is clearly going to take much longer. How does that make sense for an emergency service?
signed 2015-04-23 05:55:50 +0100
signed 2015-04-23 02:16:15 +0100
signed 2015-04-22 21:44:19 +0100
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signed 2015-04-22 19:42:28 +0100
signed 2015-04-22 19:35:57 +0100
signed 2015-04-22 19:34:23 +0100
Please carry on the good work and save this vital,life saving local resource – what would we do without it?
signed 2015-04-22 17:14:53 +0100
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