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Save Stafford Hospital by Spursfan2 on 10 March 2013 1:39pm
You will no doubt have seen in the papers/TV about Stafford hospital.

I have to tell you that contrary to what the publicity-hunting Julie Bailey of Cure the NHS says, it is a great hospital. I have had a chronic illness for the past 18 or so years, and have always been treated with the greatest care, respect and knowledge possible. I have also been alble to take note of the cleanliness when I was on the day ward all day a couple of times.

Now it seems that we may lose our ICU wards and the A & E could be downgraded to non-urgent cases (it is currently closed at night which is a worry). It would become a 'local' hospital, and for emergencies etc we would have to travel to Birmingham (30+ miles) or even Sheffield (1.5 hours drive away).

Stafford is a County Town and as such should have a hospital reflecting that status, with a full-time A & E unit. In 2001 the census showed that Stafford Borough had a populaton of 120,653 with 8.3% of that figure in 'not good health'. 7.6% of working age people in the borough had a 'limiting long-term illness' (I am one of them!!). The population and percentages will not have gone done in the 2011 census, I am sure, but more than likely increased so by numbers alone it shows we need our hospital!! The 1,000 or so extra military staff who are allegedly being redeployed from Germany to MOD Stafford - and their families - will also need a fully-working hospital nearby, though of course I realise that for most medical necessities they will have their own medics there will still be occasions when only a civilian hospital will do. If the excellent Stafford Hospital closes, and/or the A & E dept remains closed, how many deaths are going to be on the concience of CTNHS because of the vital extra time it would take to get to another hospital?
Re: Save Stafford Hospital by Wheelrim on 10 March 2013 7:56pm

Shirley worked there in Medical records for 7 years and yes, there were/are problems. That said, Shirl also went into the hospital for surgery, my daughter was in hospital a few times for minor surgey, I have been in for minor treatment on and off and my role as a Stafford Copper took me there on nights too many times to recall dealing with the drunk/drugged-up dickheads and throughout the staff have been brilliant. the problems at Stafford was of course with too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. I talked once with a great A+E doctor who was being shadowed by someone who was following him with a clipboard to see what he did. That was bad enough? No, the guy with the clipboard was also being watched over by, you guessed it, a guy with a clipboard.
Re: Save Stafford Hospital by suzulu on 11 March 2013 11:13am
The same thing is happening to hospitals in London, especially West London, and elsewhere. People will have to go miles to get to an A&E. It is outrageous!
Re: Save Stafford Hospital by Spursfan2 on 21 April 2013 10:28am
I am so proud of my home town right now!!

Yesterday there was a march to save the hospital, I had been in on the planning but couldn't attend because of illness.

According to police figures 50,000 people marched !!!

I have seen various photos etc on FB, Daily Mail online and a friend just posted a vid on FB (I found myself getting quite teary watching it!!).

I have also read that David Cameron does not want the hospital to close as he knows it well (he failed to be elected as our MP in 1997).

I love it when communities come together to fight for something important.

Re: Save Stafford Hospital by Wheelrim on 21 April 2013 4:16pm
My Daughter attended, good girl Daniella.
Re: Save Stafford Hospital by suzulu on 21 April 2013 9:10pm
A brilliant turnout! I hope after this that they don't close the hospital!

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