Thou­sands sign pe­ti­tion to res­ur­rect A&E cen­tre

Cam­paign comes almost 10 years after ser­vice was trans­ferred

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

MORE than 6,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for an ac­ci­dent and emer­gency cen­tre to be brought back to Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal.

An open let­ter was sent to Bucks NHS Health­care Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Anne Eden ask­ing for the A&E unit to re­turn to Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal after its re­moval in 2005, when trauma ser­vices were trans­ferred to Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal.

A mi­nor in­jury and ill­ness unit was opened at Wy­combe in­stead, but it is not for life threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

The trust said at the time the move was due to con­sul­tant staffing lev­els.

Cam­paign­ers, prompted by Bucks NHS Health­care Trust be­ing put in to spe­cial mea­sures, set up a pe­ti­tion is now pre­vi­ous re­sumed.

Those in favour have sent in pho­tos of their hands based on the cam­paign slo­gan ‘Hand Back Our Hos­pi­tal’ to raise the pro­file of the cause.

More than 100 of th­ese pho­tos have been sent in from peo­ple lo­cally, in­clud­ing TV pre­sen­ters Gabby Lo­gan and Tim Vincent, Justin Akpa from The Taste, No­makhosi from The Voice and Ap­pren­tice can­di­date Gabrielle Omar.

Celebrity Fern Brit­ton, mu­si­cian Steve Hack­ett, per­son­al­ity Deb­bie McGee, Wasps rugby play­ers Tim Payne and Christian Wade and chef Tom Ker­ridge have retweeted the cam­paign.

Ozma Hafiz, who set up the pe­ti­tion which has 6,321 sig­na­tures, said: “This cam­paign isn’t about call­ing ser­vice for

to the be me, it’s about common sense. I have heard of a lady who was driven in pain to another hos­pi­tal and was scared.

“There are a sto­ries on the com­ments.”

Post­cards have been sent to The Bucks Health­care NHS Trust, Clin­i­cal Care Com­mis­sion­ing Group, as well as Down­ing Street.

Ms Hafiz added: “The over­all ob­jec­tive is to see our vi­tal, fully-func­tion­ing hos­pi­tal re­stored to Wy­combe, not only for the ben­e­fit of Wy­combe and the sur­round­ing area, but also for peo­ple vis­it­ing, work­ing here, pass­ing through and so on.

“It is not an un­rea­son­able ask for a town the size of Wy­combe to have its own A&E, ma­ter­nity and chil­dren’s ser­vices.”

A trust spokes­woman said the changes were ‘clin­i­cally-led’. lot of pe­ti­tion

OPEN LET­TER: Bucks NHS Health­care Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Anne Eden

It ar­gued pa­tients have bet­ter ac­cess to staff and fa­cil­i­ties and the car­diac and stroke ser­vices in Wy­combe are among the best in the coun­try.

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