Hospital announcement 'good news' for Kidderminster says MP

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HOPES Kidderminster Hospital will not lose any services as part of a major review have been boosted in a statement from NHS Worcestershire.

Health bosses at a meeting of the joint services review say they have decided to focus on delivering acute hospital services at Kidderminster Hospital, Redditch’s Alexandra and Worcester’s Worcestershire Royal.

Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier has described the announcement as “good news” for Kidderminster.

The review panel chose not to produce a shortlist of models for the future of the county’s hospital care as planned and said they now aim to start a public consultation after a second round of public engagement events “in the new year”.

NHS Worcestershire chief executive Eamonn Kelly said: “Previously, the review has looked at six models which included a significant reduction of services or closure on one or more sites.

“Although no final shortlist has been drawn up we are now focusing our work on delivering services at all three hospitals. This means drawing up site specific service plans which will be further tested on clinical and financial grounds.

“The Alexandra Hospital is the site most likely to be affected.”

He said the work to look at maximising the number of services in Redditch would “include talking with the wider NHS to see if there are opportunities for joint working”.

“There are no guarantees this will be the final outcome,” he added. “We are committed to making sure we have explored every opportunity to provide the fullest range of services possible across all three sites.”

Mr Garnier said keeping acute services at Kidderminster Hospital was an option favoured by campaign group the Kidderminster Hospital Alliance.

“This is good news for Kidderminster Hospital and good news for Wyre Forest,” he said. “This announcement means not only will Kidderminster keep its current services but it also presents opportunities for expansion.”

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6:44pm Thu 11 Oct 12

stour67 says...

Read between the the line's,just delaying tactic,testing on clinical and financial
grounds,ie costs,redditch most likely affected,maximum services? they probably the best deal kidderminster get screwed ,no guaranties this will be final outcome?,explored every opportunity ?,just waffle, delaying tactic hoping for it to die down,lawyer speak no straight answer.
Read between the the line's,just delaying tactic,testing on clinical and financial grounds,ie costs,redditch most likely affected,maximum services? they probably the best deal kidderminster get screwed ,no guaranties this will be final outcome?,explored every opportunity ?,just waffle, delaying tactic hoping for it to die down,lawyer speak no straight answer. stour67
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9:23pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Shibdrift says...

Well, time will tell, but if I was a gambler.............
........???
Well, time will tell, but if I was a gambler............. ........??? Shibdrift
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1:11am Fri 12 Oct 12

DOEPUBLIC says...

Excellent news. An appreciation of the value that Kidderminster and Redditch Hospitals contribute to the health of the County. Measured reflection and proper engagement may actually become a reality.
Excellent news. An appreciation of the value that Kidderminster and Redditch Hospitals contribute to the health of the County. Measured reflection and proper engagement may actually become a reality. DOEPUBLIC
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9:19am Fri 12 Oct 12

stour67 says...

no if you read between the line;s nothing new just a delay,still under threat,
no if you read between the line;s nothing new just a delay,still under threat, stour67
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9:55am Fri 12 Oct 12

Red Flag Dan says...

So let me get this clear. The downgrading of the Alex and the removal of its blue light services (leaving just one A&E in the county) is 'good news for Wyre Forest'?
So let me get this clear. The downgrading of the Alex and the removal of its blue light services (leaving just one A&E in the county) is 'good news for Wyre Forest'? Red Flag Dan
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10:14am Fri 12 Oct 12

DOEPUBLIC says...

The downgrading of any service is not 'good news. The ' excellent news' IMO is that engagement is still taking place and that suggestions of improvements are on the table as opposed the contrary, to the point of creating a model not previously proposed. I agree, the county will be @ risk, without a stand by A&E. At this point I still have faith in the JSR approach so far.
The downgrading of any service is not 'good news. The ' excellent news' IMO is that engagement is still taking place and that suggestions of improvements are on the table as opposed the contrary, to the point of creating a model not previously proposed. I agree, the county will be @ risk, without a stand by A&E. At this point I still have faith in the JSR approach so far. DOEPUBLIC
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2:52pm Fri 12 Oct 12

FranOb says...

All major trauma cases go out of County anyway and will continue to do so.
This is good news for Kidderminster as we should now see far more elective surgery coming here.
Joint Working within the "wider NHS" should see the preservation of many services at The Alex!
All major trauma cases go out of County anyway and will continue to do so. This is good news for Kidderminster as we should now see far more elective surgery coming here. Joint Working within the "wider NHS" should see the preservation of many services at The Alex! FranOb
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2:52pm Fri 12 Oct 12

FranOb says...

All major trauma cases go out of County anyway and will continue to do so.
This is good news for Kidderminster as we should now see far more elective surgery coming here.
Joint Working within the "wider NHS" should see the preservation of many services at The Alex!
All major trauma cases go out of County anyway and will continue to do so. This is good news for Kidderminster as we should now see far more elective surgery coming here. Joint Working within the "wider NHS" should see the preservation of many services at The Alex! FranOb
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9:15pm Sat 13 Oct 12

mark.lawley says...

has the acute are planning to spend money on new BARRIERS and new carpark layout @kidderminster superising how they can find the money when they want
has the acute are planning to spend money on new BARRIERS and new carpark layout @kidderminster superising how they can find the money when they want mark.lawley
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10:31am Sun 14 Oct 12

olliesjoy says...

Yet this week had an appointment for eye clinic always gone to Kiddy now they want me to go to Redditch, which is not good for me as have to have eyedrops which leave me with blurred vision, would have kept this appointment but only received it 3 days before impossible to arrange a lift to get there, the alternative 3 bus changes there and back with blurred vision not ideal! Call me cynical but think changes are already being made when I phoned the appointments office was told I would have to wait months for 1 at Kiddy!
Yet this week had an appointment for eye clinic always gone to Kiddy now they want me to go to Redditch, which is not good for me as have to have eyedrops which leave me with blurred vision, would have kept this appointment but only received it 3 days before impossible to arrange a lift to get there, the alternative 3 bus changes there and back with blurred vision not ideal! Call me cynical but think changes are already being made when I phoned the appointments office was told I would have to wait months for 1 at Kiddy! olliesjoy
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8:14pm Mon 15 Oct 12

stour67 says...

Thin end of the wedge ,start under using then when time comes ,they say it not being used enough so will have to close,and the people that are making these decisions are probably going private,so no waiting no buses need to take,also NHS is slowly being privatised,by bring in private company's to take on the management side,if you think not check what's at Cambridge nhs trust,and the company's running it are giving "mill to Tory coffers ,on al jesera news channel.
Thin end of the wedge ,start under using then when time comes ,they say it not being used enough so will have to close,and the people that are making these decisions are probably going private,so no waiting no buses need to take,also NHS is slowly being privatised,by bring in private company's to take on the management side,if you think not check what's at Cambridge nhs trust,and the company's running it are giving "mill to Tory coffers ,on al jesera news channel. stour67
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8:15pm Mon 15 Oct 12

stour67 says...

should giving £2 million to tory coffers.
should giving £2 million to tory coffers. stour67
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8:49pm Wed 17 Oct 12

martlayton says...

Why are all of the members of Wyre Forest's Doctors' Committee also shareholders in Virgin Care? The same company who was awarded the contract for the newly privatized out-patient Musculoskeletal/Phys
iotherapy and dermatology services. This is no coincidence and is an absolute scandal. Good news, indeed!
Why are all of the members of Wyre Forest's Doctors' Committee also shareholders in Virgin Care? The same company who was awarded the contract for the newly privatized out-patient Musculoskeletal/Phys iotherapy and dermatology services. This is no coincidence and is an absolute scandal. Good news, indeed! martlayton
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