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