Hands up for hos­pi­tal ser­vices

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

CAM­PAIGN­ERS de­liv­ered a mo­saic fea­tur­ing 100 hands to Down­ing Street ask­ing for ser­vices to be re­stored to Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal.

Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent’s ven­tril­o­quist Steve Hewlett de­liv­ered the mo­saic on Sun­day on be­half of Hand Back Our Hos­pi­tal, but had to leave his pup­pet, Arthur, at the gate, for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

The mo­saic was cre­ated from photographs of hands of peo­ple from the lo­cal area, in­clud­ing Gabby Lo­gan, Tim Vincent, Justin Akpa from The Taste, The Ap­pren­tice can­di­date Gabrielle Omar, and No­makhosi from The Voice.

A let­ter was posted on the back of the mo­saic, ad­dressed to David Cameron, in which cam­paign­ers asked that Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal, which serves the south Bucks and Chilterns area, be­comes ‘fully func­tion­ing’ again, in­clud­ing A&E and a ma­ter­nity unit.

It adds that other hos­pi­tals nearby, Stoke Man­dev­ille and Wex­ham Park, have been in spe­cial mea­sures within the past year, although both have now made im­prove­ments.

Wy­combe’s A&E depart­ment closed in 2005, a mid­wife-led birthing cen­tre has re­placed the ma­ter­nity unit and other ser­vices have been re­moved.

The let­ter con­cludes: “Our hos­pi­tal was a gift as a memo­rial to the Great War.

“At its cen­te­nary, please re­store our vi­tal ser­vices.”

Cam­paigner Ozma Hafiz said: “I re­ally wish we didn’t have to cam­paign. How­ever, I’m ever hope­ful that common sense will pre­vail and we’ll see a re­turn of ser­vices to Wy­combe. It is not an un­rea­son­able ask that a town the size of Wy­combe has a fully func­tion­ing hos­pi­tal, not only for our ben­e­fit, but for all those around us, work­ing here, vis­it­ing, pass­ing through and so on. I hope that more will con­tinue to help the cause. Many hands make light work as they say.”

Bucks Health­care NHS Trust has said the changes to the ser­vices were to make them more ef­fi­cient and to en­sure the best care for pa­tients.

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