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Time to have your say on the future of services at the Alex Hospital
3:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the future of services at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital.
NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - responsible for buying health services for the area - has published a draft prospectus of services it wants to commission at the hospital.
The aim is also to inform people of the progress of the on-going review of acute hospital services in Worcestershire, which is aimed at saving £50 million.
Two options are still being considered. One is for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust to continue running all three of its existing sites - Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and the Alexandra.
But this would see A&E, maternity and major paediatric services centralised at Worcester.
The other option is for another provider, likely a Birmingham-based hospital trust, to take over responsibility for the Alex.
It has not yet been made clear exactly what this would mean for services in Redditch.
Dr Jonathan Wells, chair of NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, said: “I know from talking to my patients that there is frustration about the time taken to complete the review that people are tiring of the process, and that some feel the decision is a foregone conclusion.
“However, it is genuinely the case that no decisions have yet been made.
“It is really important that the public read our prospectus and let us know their views.
Dr Wells added: “We are a membership organisation of the 22 Redditch and Bromsgrove practices, with patient engagement at its core. We want to accurately reflect the views of our patients.”
The prospectus sets out a list of services that the CCG wants to commission at the Alex, as a minimum.
These include a 24/7 consultant led designated trauma unit, consultant and midwife lead services for maternity and a special care service for babies born early and consultant lead paediatric service.
Other services include consultant lead services for cardiology, chemotherapy, dermatology and general surgery focusing on the abdominal organs.
Judy Adams, chairman of the CCG’s patient and public involvement forum, said: “The CCG is working hard to commission the widest possible range of services at our local hospital.
“We need people to tell us if they agree with the range of services we are suggesting locally.
“Are there other things we should think about, for example access and transport?”
To view the prospectus or for more information, visit redditchandbromsgroveccg.nhs.uk.
Residents can give their views about the document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to: The Chief Officer, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, Barnsley Court, Barnsley Hall Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0TX.
Responses must be in by October 25.
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