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Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS: HOSPITAL SPECIAL -

THE threat of los­ing the Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency De­part­ment at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal has got a lot of our read­ers talk­ing. Frank Fisher: There is a logic here – I am not say­ing I agree with it, but there is a logic.

This is the rea­son­ing, but the NHS won’t spell it out in sim­ple terms: There is a lim­ited pot of money. There are a num­ber of fa­tal con­di­tions, (eg heart at­tacks, strokes) that are fre­quent, and can be best treated by spe­cial­ists in a short pe­riod of time – the golden hour. Not ev­ery hos­pi­tal can have these spe­cial­ists.

There­fore, to treat the most num­ber of peo­ple, save the most num­ber of lives, put the spe­cial­ists where the peo­ple are – ie, in cities. For ev­ery pound spent on A&E in a city, you will save more lives than a pound spent on an A&E in a town.

This is not about gov­ern­ment cuts – this is in­evitably the re­sult of a na­tional health ser­vice with a fi­nite bud­get. It can­not be any other way. If you want a lo­cal health ser­vice, lo­cally con­trolled, lo­cally funded, for lo­cal peo­ple, vote against the NHS. Michelle Thomas: Shame the same isn’t hap­pen­ing to try and save the men­tal health unit (Mill­brook Unit) at Mac­cles­field which is about to go to con­sul­ta­tion.

They want to move the in­pa­tient units to Ch­ester and the Wirral. And hope to use part of a nurs­ing home as an de­men­tia as­sess­ment unit.

A nice three hour round trip if you’re lucky to drive and no ac­ci­dents on the road.

Con­sid­er­ing the size of Park­side and its grounds..to go from that to noth­ing...just hope no one gets ill x Nicki Cartlidge: They have it com­pletely back­wards. It should be up­graded.

The whole point of emer­gency care is time­li­ness of treat­ment.

They took amaz­ing care of my mum when she col­lapsed and then were able to trans­fer her eas­ily to the acute ward for more tests. Can’t praise them enough.

What’s most ridicu­lous is while she was there, a pedes­trian was hit right out­side A&E and they didn’t have the fa­cil­i­ties to treat se­ri­ous head in­juries so they were air­lifted else­where – again, a crit­i­cal in­jury that should have been able to be treated lo­cally. Nan Broad: To­day 10.11.16. I had to go to A&E. I had first class at­ten­tion and treat­ment from both A&E doc­tors and nurses, also gy­nae­col­ogy doc­tors and nurse, for which I thank them for their care and at­ten­tion.

We have a won­der­ful NHS. My ur­gent treat­ment just goes to prove we have to have our hos­pi­tal open and lo­cal!

The NHS have pared away at our lo­cal ser­vices with a sharp knife.

Too many peo­ple grum­ble about wait­ing times and ser­vice. Well MAN UP you grum­bling folk, as when you lose some­thing you don’t miss it un­til it has gone! Michaela Jayne Page: Hear, hear! I had to go to A&E 8 years ago and they all treated me so kindly.

I was in so much pain I didn’t mind the wait cos I was in the right place and when they see you need treat­ment they don’t leave you in the wait­ing room, they give you pain re­lief.

So yes MAN UP and keep our hos­pi­tal, how much money has been spent al­ready? A lot, so don’t get rid! San­dra Blood: So sup­port this, has saved my life twice. Laura Jayne: Rather have an ac­ci­dent and emer­gency dep than a cin­ema! Kath­leen Sedg­wick: It’s dis­gust­ing they will close all of them to make peo­ple go pri­vate keep the rich richer so we poor peo­ple, will have to suf­fer. Pauline Win­field: Crazy. Mac­cles­field is needed and well used now. KEEP IT OPEN. Julie Hughes: Wythen­shawe and Step­ping Hill are strug­gling to cope with the amount of pa­tients they’re cur­rently get­ting. How on earth are they meant to take on Macc’s share of pa­tients too?! Jonathan Wal­ters: Can we also do the same for the Mill­brook unit please? An­other very im­por­tant part of the town that could close. James Thomas: How could they even think of clos­ing? Wow near­est hossie then miles away. Joanne Bai­ley: It would ap­pear Mac­cles­field is be­ing shut down in gen­eral. Think the man­age­ment need a good shake up! Melvyn Ja­cobs: The more homes be­ing built on green belt, the longer peo­ple will have to wait for ap­point­ments in our over­crowded hos­pi­tals be­cause con­sul­tants are too busy do­ing pri­vate con­sul­tancy in­stead of look­ing af­ter NHS pa­tients. Stephen Caine: Peo­ple only re­alise there are is­sues within the NHS when they go to use it and then com­plain. This is an on­go­ing prob­lem which is not go­ing away and some­thing we should be con­scious of whether we’re us­ing the NHS or not.

I’d also like to con­grat­u­late those Brexit politi­cians for pulling the wool over peo­ple’s eyes about this sup­posed £350 mil­lion go­ing to the NHS. De­spite the ev­i­dence out there, peo­ple did ac­tu­ally be­lieve it. Where’s the money now eh?? When it’s all go­ing down the pan so to speak. The NHS is too im­por­tant to lie about, we ALL need it. Martin Smith: I’ve lost count how many times I’ve at­tended A&E over the years ei­ther for my­self or with my fam­ily. This is be­ing brought about by ei­ther in­com­pe­tence or de­sign - nei­ther of which are ac­cept­able or should be tol­er­ated. Sue Rayner: So all those pro­pos­als for build­ing houses on GREEN BELT land but no lo­cal hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties to ac­com­mo­date the in­flux of ex­tra peo­ple. CRAZY. John June Heath: The peo­ple of Mac­cles­field de­serve bet­ter. Kris­ter Ardern: All these hos­pi­tal clo­sures won’t be needed once the NHS gets their £350 mil­lion a week ex­tra they were promi.... never mind.

A&E at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal

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