To: Jim Mackey CEO Northumbria Foundation Hospital Trust, Julie Ross Cheif Operating Officer Northumberland CCG, Guy Opperman MP Hexham

Defend our NHS Hexham Hospital

We managed to get one of the main aims of our petition to retain Dr's in our hospital. We will continue to monitor any changes and if necessary we will act again to prevent any further downgrading of services to our local hospital at Hexham

Defend our NHS Hexham Hospital

We call on the Trust and the CCG to ensure the following:
No further downgrading of services at Hexham Hospital.
Tynedale residents had been assured by the Trust that Hexham General
Hospital would not be downgraded once the Cramlington Emergency Hospital
opens in June 2015.We note proposals made to downgrade A&E to a walk-in
clinic staffed mainly by Nurse practitioners.We demand the retention of a
safe local emergency care service including access to Dr cover 24/7 and an
end to removal of further services.
Full Public Consultation prior to any further downgrading or changes to
service delivery.
Acknowledgement of the difficulties facing rural communities in travelling
to access emergency care facilities located 30-50 miles away from our
current hospital and an adequate relative and patient transport service 7
days a week.
Urgent action to tackle the growing funding crisis within the North East
Ambulance Service which is resulting in dangerous delays in local
ambulance response times.

We will defend our NHS.

Why is this important?

.We want our hospital and Urgent Care Service to
stay.It is of vital importance that a rural community such as ours retains
access to a well resourced,responsive emergency service. We have
witnessed the downgrading of services at Hexham General Hospital since it
opened in 2003 and we do not want to see further depletion of this valued
resource which puts patients at risk.The development of a specialist
emergency hospital 30-50 miles away should not mean reductions in the
current local service,which denies this community equal access to
healthcare.This is of particular concern regarding our access to the
Emergency Ambulance Service which is experiencing significant financial
and service pressures.
We are concerned that once services are removed they are never replaced
.We believe that in the current climate of huge financial pressures on the
NHS our services must be defended against further downgrading,
fragmentation and privatisation so that the NHS remains a service free at
the point of delivery which meets the needs of its citizens who own it.

How it will be delivered

By hand

Northumberland

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Reasons for signing

  • My parents both worked at the old Hexham General, so although I don't live locally, now I have a link to it. Tynedale can get quite cut off from other areas and local A&E services are vital.
  • I feel very strongly about not going to Cramlington, given the distance, difficulties getting there for families if they can't drive, especially as if the situation is serious enough to be taken elsewhere, people need family/friends with them at such an anxious and worrying time. Seems madness to me to bypass the excellent specialist hospitals at Newcastle which are far quicker and so much more easily accessible - and offer fantastic care!
  • Its the only hospital in the middle of an ever growing population and to remove emergency services from here puts lives at risk especially in adverse weather when accessing other hospitals is increasingly difficult

Updates

2015-03-31 09:41:21 +0100
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Petition is successful with 2,304 signatures

2015-01-24 21:54:49 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-01-24 01:52:42 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-01-23 13:52:48 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-01-23 12:12:46 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-01-23 08:39:30 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-01-23 07:24:24 +0000

10 signatures reached