Councillor wants to ensure the future of Cirencester Hospital

Councillor wants to ensure the future of Cirencester Hospital

Councillor wants to ensure the future of Cirencester Hospital

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A CALL has been made to secure the future of Cirencester Hospital, after concerns were raised about the vital community facility facing a review.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson made the call following a statement issued by the Clinical Commissioning Group in Gloucestershire. The group, which provides medical cover for the hospital, has launched a review into whether the hospital could be used more.

Mary Hutton, accountable officer at the NHS Gloucestershire CCG said that the review aims to understand the needs of people living in the area and how they could be treated at their local hospital rather than the ones in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon.

Now county and district councillor Paul Hodgkinson has said he is looking for a positive outcome to the review.

"Following on from the disappointment over the reduction in A&E services in Cheltenham, people will be wary of the word 'review'," he said. "However, if this latest move leads to people in the Cotswolds being able to make more use of Cirencester Hospital this has to be a good thing."

The councillor, who represents Churn Valley for Cotswold District Council and Bourton and Northleach for Gloucestershire County Council, called Cirencester Hospital a gem and said it provides a really good service for minor injuries and illnesses.

"Given the journey times to Cheltenham or Gloucester, an expanded service in Cirencester would make sense," he added. "The Cotswolds already has the worst ambulance response times in the west. We deserve better.

"I want the hospital to have a secure future as people value it. It could also take some pressure off Cheltenham."

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4:05pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

They take services away, they bring them back, they take it away, they bring it back..... this wonderful community hospital used to be vibrant and offer many services and there were 5 wards. Now there are just 2 wards. I hope that in the future this hospital will be back to how it was... especially, dare I say, if 10,000 more people are coming here once the new houses are built
They take services away, they bring them back, they take it away, they bring it back..... this wonderful community hospital used to be vibrant and offer many services and there were 5 wards. Now there are just 2 wards. I hope that in the future this hospital will be back to how it was... especially, dare I say, if 10,000 more people are coming here once the new houses are built Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 8

6:49pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Olly Cromwell says...

When David Cameron said they'd be "no more top down re-organisation of the NHS" before the last General Election he lied

That is all
When David Cameron said they'd be "no more top down re-organisation of the NHS" before the last General Election he lied That is all Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 5

3:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

corin22 says...

Not so much a gem more a grain of sand, the hospital provides virtually no services for local people staying in hospital, particularly the elderly. They have to be isolated miles away form family and friends for medical treatment, even for rehabilitation, they are at Bourton on the Water, where they languish with very few people able to visit, while Ciren has a empty ward. Now the plan is to do away with doctors altogether after 6pm and weekends. A growing town and a shrinking service. The joke is they spout about working for the good of the local community! Do people realize that after 8pm the one and only A+E open in the whole of Gloucestershire is Gloucester hospital! The only X-Ray open after these hours is the same! Forget the Art, get some sense into looking after local people. ANY COUNCILLOR OR MP FOR THIS COUNTY THAT ACCEPTS THESE STANDARDS ARE NOT FIT TO DO THE JOB THEY HAVE
Not so much a gem more a grain of sand, the hospital provides virtually no services for local people staying in hospital, particularly the elderly. They have to be isolated miles away form family and friends for medical treatment, even for rehabilitation, they are at Bourton on the Water, where they languish with very few people able to visit, while Ciren has a empty ward. Now the plan is to do away with doctors altogether after 6pm and weekends. A growing town and a shrinking service. The joke is they spout about working for the good of the local community! Do people realize that after 8pm the one and only A+E open in the whole of Gloucestershire is Gloucester hospital! The only X-Ray open after these hours is the same! Forget the Art, get some sense into looking after local people. ANY COUNCILLOR OR MP FOR THIS COUNTY THAT ACCEPTS THESE STANDARDS ARE NOT FIT TO DO THE JOB THEY HAVE corin22
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Rex Cooper says...

There are a lot of people who think the NHS is a national jewel and there are those of us who know that it cannot last in its current form. Will any politician level with us ? Let's call time on something which was great in concept ( i.e. free at the point of use) but flawed because it was abused - mainly by its employees- and exploited by politicians to get votes.
Since I pay for it anyway can I have my money back and I'll pay when I need to. There would still be enough to go round for people that can't afford it
There are a lot of people who think the NHS is a national jewel and there are those of us who know that it cannot last in its current form. Will any politician level with us ? Let's call time on something which was great in concept ( i.e. free at the point of use) but flawed because it was abused - mainly by its employees- and exploited by politicians to get votes. Since I pay for it anyway can I have my money back and I'll pay when I need to. There would still be enough to go round for people that can't afford it Rex Cooper
  • Score: -4

1:08pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Col Mustard says...

And Mr Clifton-Brown MP supported the Conservative Party 2010 Election manifesto pledges on Health .

Scrapping all politically-motivate
d targets
Putting more detailed NHS performance data online
Improving cancer and stroke survival rates
Enabling patients to rate hospitals and doctors
Giving anyone the power to choose any healthcare provider that meets NHS standards
Putting patients in charge of their own health records
Opening up the NHS to new independent and voluntary sector providers
Linking GPs' pay to the quality of results they deliver

So how did they score out of 8 ?

Say goodbye to the LibLabCon forever ! Election 2015
And Mr Clifton-Brown MP supported the Conservative Party 2010 Election manifesto pledges on Health . Scrapping all politically-motivate d targets Putting more detailed NHS performance data online Improving cancer and stroke survival rates Enabling patients to rate hospitals and doctors Giving anyone the power to choose any healthcare provider that meets NHS standards Putting patients in charge of their own health records Opening up the NHS to new independent and voluntary sector providers Linking GPs' pay to the quality of results they deliver So how did they score out of 8 ? Say goodbye to the LibLabCon forever ! Election 2015 Col Mustard
  • Score: -1

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