Hands up for hospital services
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.
Download the poster. at www. savewycombehospital. wordpress.com.