Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot
– they are determined to shut it down and sell it off.
Not just yet, of course. Now it’s just the Birth centre, the Rehabilitation ward and the Minor Injuries unit that they want to close. Mind you, when they shut down the Accident and Emergency, they said that was all that was closing…
I keep warning everybody that the Accident and Emergency is the heart of any hospital – so is maternity. The rehab was vital to the whole area – my guess is that the ‘big idea’, is that the elderly and vulnerable people who were cared for after their operations in rehab, are likely to get kicked out of Wexham and sent home real quick.
That will mean more accidents post-op, more readmissions and more deaths. All of which were prevented by rehabilitation at Heatherwood.
The problem will be that Slough people will be breathing a sigh of relief that they aren’t affected – it’s the posh people in Ascot.
Actually, it served the whole area rich or poor. Meanwhile the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign (SHH) was rightly calling the hospital the ‘jewel in the Crown’ for the NHS;
The new Friends and Family test rated Heatherwood above Royal Berkshire, Frimley park and Wexham park. But that is the new normal, it seems to be the really loved hospitals that get shut down to ensure the survival of the second rate. (I am being unfair with that remark– Frimley park has a good reputation.)
Otherwise, it’s just a step closer to the big sell off of all that lovely land…
Quick, sell it off!
Time to fight back.
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