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D-day for NHS Worcestershire hospital plans expected tomorrow
Kidderminster Hospital Alliance will “step up” its campaign if shortlisted models expected to be released tomorrow by NHS Worcestershire’s joint services review continue to threaten the site with further downgrading or closure.
Health bosses were due to meet today to cut down the list of potential future models of care for acute hospital services across Worcestershire.
The panel’s decision will be announced on The Shuttle’s website from 1pm tomorrow. Six models were released by clinicians in June, with two threatening acute services at Kidderminster Hospital with further downgrading or closure.
Review staff will whittle the options down to two or three, providing more details, including identifying sites, level of service and a financial assessment.
The NHS says no decisions have yet been made and will host a second round of public engagement events before a three-month public consultation starts in November.
Kidderminster Hospital Alliance, a cross-party campaign group fighting the site’s possible downgrading or closure, as well as putting forward a case to increase services at the site, has collected more than 12,000 signatures for its petition.
Members have written to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Penny Venables outlining their aims.
The group said it favoured the “least disruptive model” [one acute hospital site with a full A&E dept, one acute site with urgent care centre and one hospital treatment centre with minor injuries unit].
Stephen Brown, Alliance spokesman, said: “If they are not going to close or downgrade Kidderminster Hospital there are still questions about services at Kidderminster and how they may be affected if something happens at Redditch [Alexandra Hospital] or Worcester [Worcestershire Royal Hospital].
“If it looks like we are going to lose services or the hospital, we are going to need to respond. That depends on what they say but we will step up the campaign and we have talked about a series of public meetings as part of that.”