St Helier Hospital campaign group to hold public meeting

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A public meeting is being held to discuss the threats facing St Helier Hospital.

The event will consider the recent announcement about the £219m redevelopment of St Helier being unlikely to go ahead and potential threats to the hospital’s future.

The group holding the meeting, Keep Our St Helier Hospital, is part of the south west London branch of the campaign Keep Our NHS Public.

The meeting will be held in Merton Civic Centre, Morden, on Thursday, March 13, at 7.30pm.

Speakers are expected to be announced soon and there will be an opportunity for questions from the floor.

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2:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Michael Pantlin says...

I've followed the advice to send my written views about the closures to my GP, twice to the GP and once to the surgery. Response zilch, the GPs are even less responsive than the old system before they were handed the reins. Attitude could be construed as Doctor knows best keep out of it, or far too busy to spent time on your correspondence. Was it a good idea to change the system?
I've followed the advice to send my written views about the closures to my GP, twice to the GP and once to the surgery. Response zilch, the GPs are even less responsive than the old system before they were handed the reins. Attitude could be construed as Doctor knows best keep out of it, or far too busy to spent time on your correspondence. Was it a good idea to change the system? Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Binsanity says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
I've followed the advice to send my written views about the closures to my GP, twice to the GP and once to the surgery. Response zilch, the GPs are even less responsive than the old system before they were handed the reins. Attitude could be construed as Doctor knows best keep out of it, or far too busy to spent time on your correspondence. Was it a good idea to change the system?
Me too.
Our (my wife and I) belief that now, there is a financial aspect which is overriding the reality of care. G.P.s are trying to sell our records to bidders and its quite obvious that any closures to hospital services would be financially beneficial to them. Our G.P. turns up when he wants and we sit waiting for him, why, because he's also involved elsewhere.(Financial
ly). And we sit, how sad are we.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: I've followed the advice to send my written views about the closures to my GP, twice to the GP and once to the surgery. Response zilch, the GPs are even less responsive than the old system before they were handed the reins. Attitude could be construed as Doctor knows best keep out of it, or far too busy to spent time on your correspondence. Was it a good idea to change the system?[/p][/quote]Me too. Our (my wife and I) belief that now, there is a financial aspect which is overriding the reality of care. G.P.s are trying to sell our records to bidders and its quite obvious that any closures to hospital services would be financially beneficial to them. Our G.P. turns up when he wants and we sit waiting for him, why, because he's also involved elsewhere.(Financial ly). And we sit, how sad are we. Binsanity
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Mon 17 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

My GP keeps trying to refer me to St. Belief, but I'm not having it. St. Georges is my local hospital and it's better (although that's not saying much!).
My GP keeps trying to refer me to St. Belief, but I'm not having it. St. Georges is my local hospital and it's better (although that's not saying much!). alroutemaster
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

St. Belief? Blooming word searchers!!!
St. Belief? Blooming word searchers!!! alroutemaster
  • Score: 0

5:23pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Georgia Lewis says...

alroutemaster, the problem is that if St Helier (or St Belief!) loses vital services such as A&E, maternity and children's services, St George's will be unable to cope. St George's already uses St Helier as its overflow hospital when A&E gets too busy. If St Helier loses this function, patients will spend longer in ambulances as they will have to be diverted even further away. It is precisely BECAUSE St George's is your local hospital that you should support St Helier's ongoing survival.
alroutemaster, the problem is that if St Helier (or St Belief!) loses vital services such as A&E, maternity and children's services, St George's will be unable to cope. St George's already uses St Helier as its overflow hospital when A&E gets too busy. If St Helier loses this function, patients will spend longer in ambulances as they will have to be diverted even further away. It is precisely BECAUSE St George's is your local hospital that you should support St Helier's ongoing survival. Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 1

8:14pm Mon 17 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

Georgia Lewis wrote:
alroutemaster, the problem is that if St Helier (or St Belief!) loses vital services such as A&E, maternity and children's services, St George's will be unable to cope. St George's already uses St Helier as its overflow hospital when A&E gets too busy. If St Helier loses this function, patients will spend longer in ambulances as they will have to be diverted even further away. It is precisely BECAUSE St George's is your local hospital that you should support St Helier's ongoing survival.
Unfortunately the only service I would ever use at St. H is A&E, as you would probably go there by ambulance. It is far too remote and badly served by public transport to be of any use except to the local community or those with cars. That is precisely why I don't like it........
[quote][p][bold]Georgia Lewis[/bold] wrote: alroutemaster, the problem is that if St Helier (or St Belief!) loses vital services such as A&E, maternity and children's services, St George's will be unable to cope. St George's already uses St Helier as its overflow hospital when A&E gets too busy. If St Helier loses this function, patients will spend longer in ambulances as they will have to be diverted even further away. It is precisely BECAUSE St George's is your local hospital that you should support St Helier's ongoing survival.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the only service I would ever use at St. H is A&E, as you would probably go there by ambulance. It is far too remote and badly served by public transport to be of any use except to the local community or those with cars. That is precisely why I don't like it........ alroutemaster
  • Score: -1

8:54pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Danny Bhoy says...

Hundreds die every year because the current services are not safe. They don't have the right number of doctors anywhere except George's specialist units. That's where they treat serious things like heart attacks, strokes and serious accidents and it's been a massive success. You don't get treated for those conditions at St Helier now and it's proved much better for survival rates.

As a resident I worry that Luddites are stopping me from getting a safer service. I don't want an A&E staffed mostly by junior doctors, it's not really an A&E at all.
Hundreds die every year because the current services are not safe. They don't have the right number of doctors anywhere except George's specialist units. That's where they treat serious things like heart attacks, strokes and serious accidents and it's been a massive success. You don't get treated for those conditions at St Helier now and it's proved much better for survival rates. As a resident I worry that Luddites are stopping me from getting a safer service. I don't want an A&E staffed mostly by junior doctors, it's not really an A&E at all. Danny Bhoy
  • Score: 2

8:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Danny Bhoy says...

Georgia Lewis wrote:
alroutemaster, the problem is that if St Helier (or St Belief!) loses vital services such as A&E, maternity and children's services, St George's will be unable to cope. St George's already uses St Helier as its overflow hospital when A&E gets too busy. If St Helier loses this function, patients will spend longer in ambulances as they will have to be diverted even further away. It is precisely BECAUSE St George's is your local hospital that you should support St Helier's ongoing survival.
That's not what happened with stroke etc. They made the units at George's bigger, which is my understanding of what docs proposed this time too.
[quote][p][bold]Georgia Lewis[/bold] wrote: alroutemaster, the problem is that if St Helier (or St Belief!) loses vital services such as A&E, maternity and children's services, St George's will be unable to cope. St George's already uses St Helier as its overflow hospital when A&E gets too busy. If St Helier loses this function, patients will spend longer in ambulances as they will have to be diverted even further away. It is precisely BECAUSE St George's is your local hospital that you should support St Helier's ongoing survival.[/p][/quote]That's not what happened with stroke etc. They made the units at George's bigger, which is my understanding of what docs proposed this time too. Danny Bhoy
  • Score: 1

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