6,000 sign A&E pe­ti­tion in less than a week

Macclesfield Express - - HOSPITAL SPECIAL REPORT - KAREN BRIT­TON

APETITION to stop the down­grad­ing of the A&E at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal has gained more than 6,000 sig­na­tures in un­der a week.

Af­ter the Ex­press learned that the A&E could be at risk as part of NHS cut­backs, Claire Gilham who was a nurse at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal for 18 years and worked in the emer­gency de­part­ment and crit­i­cal care jumped to ac­tion and set up an on­line pe­ti­tion.

And she soon started get­ting sup­port from res­i­dents – with up­wards of 6,000 peo­ple sign­ing the pe­ti­tion within days.

There were nearly 3,000 sig­na­tures in just the first 24 hours.

Claire, who lives in the Peak Dis­trict and works at a GP surgery in The High Peak, has warned that lives will be lost with­out an A&E. She said: “If it were to lose the emer­gency de­part­ment, lives would be lost due to ex­tended trans­fer times to other hos­pi­tals.

“The treat­ment for pa­tients with stroke, heart at­tack and sep­sis are time de­pen­dent. There is not the ca­pac­ity in in­fra­struc­ture to make clos­ing hos­pi­tals such as Mac­cles­field vi­able with­out threat­en­ing pa­tients lives.

“Each hour that passes with­out treat­ment mor­tal­ity in­creases seven per cent.”

She says the change would have an im­pact on other de­part­ments.

Claire said: “It would also se­ri­ously limit the pro­vi­sion of op­er­at­ing ser­vices which would also have to be moved to an­other hos­pi­tal.

“The po­ten­tial loss of the emer­gency de­part­ment and in­ten­sive care would also mean the loss of chil­dren’s and mater- the by nity ser­vices and op­er­at­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as they are in­ex­tri­ca­bly de­pen­dent.

“The loss of these ser­vices at Mac­cles­field would mean pa­tients would have to be trans­ferred to other hos­pi­tals by paramedics, which we sim­ply do not have enough of.

“I know first hand the high qual­ity care Mac­cles­field gives and it re­mains my hos­pi­tal of choice for my­self and my fam­ily.

“It serves Cheshire, Staf- ford­shire and Der­byshire and we need to save the A&E.” The pe­ti­tion en­ti­tled ‘Stop the down­grad­ing of Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal, keep­ing full ser­vice pro­vi­sion’, is on a gov­ern­ment web­site. If it gets 10,000 sig­na­tures, the gov­ern­ment will have to re­spond and at 100,000 sig­na­tures, the pe­ti­tion will be con­sid­ered for de­bate in Par­lia­ment.

Go to pe­ti­tion. par­lia­ment.uk/pe­ti­tions/ 171296.

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