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Post  Jeanie on Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:18 pm

Trafford General: 'birthplace of the NHS' to lose A&E
Trafford General Hospital
Mr Hunt said the hospital will be a specialist orthopaedic centre
The hospital that treated the first NHS patient is to lose its accident and emergency department.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that Trafford General Hospital will be downgraded to an urgent care centre and then a minor injuries unit.

He also announced the concentration of vascular services in Cumbria and Lancashire at three specialist centres in Carlisle, Blackburn and Preston.

Campaigners said it would mean patients travelling further for treatment.

Matthew Finnegan, chair of the Save Trafford General campaign, said: "These decisions can't just be made by clinicians.

"They have got to listen to what local people say and people want an A&E. It's not an unreasonable request.

"Local people will be appalled and disgusted that they have not been listened to."

'Clinical benefits'
Mr Hunt told the Commons Trafford was the "smallest hospital in the UK" with the "second smallest accident and emergency department".

Between midnight and 08:00 BST it only sees two patients an hour, he said.

"At peak times it sees seven patients an hour. Half of the population use services outside Trafford.

"For too long, people have not been getting the type of service they should, and deserve to receive."

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I'm desperately worried our local NHS simply won't be able to cope”

Kate Green MP
He also announced A&E services at neighbouring Wythenshawe Hospital are to expand. Trafford will also become a specialist orthopaedic centre with day services expanded.

Mr Hunt admitted some patients would have to travel further but claimed the "clinical benefits outweigh the disadvantages of travel times".

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green was not informed of the Trafford announcement, which he said was "disgraceful."

He said it was an insult to people who "should have rightly expected the voice of their elected Member of Parliament to be heard".

Ms Green later said that "local people will be angry, horrified and worried" by the decision.

"I'm desperately worried our local NHS simply won't be able to cope," she added.

Dr Nigel Guest, chief clinical officer at Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, said the change was "vital to secure a long and vibrant future for the hospital".

A Department of Health spokeswoman confirmed that changes will only take place at Trafford once assurances have been given that the three neighbouring A&E departments can continue to provide the same level of service and consistently meet standards.
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Post  Hinch on Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:33 pm

I love the bit about securing "a long term and vibrant future for the hospital."

This is NHS-speak for downgrading, slashing services and turning a once thriving hospital into a glorified clinic suite and offices with a 9-5 dressing station in place of an A&E.

Hard to justify a fully fledged 24-hour A&E in a large city with a footfall of only 2 patients per hour with alternative facilities only 5-10 minutes away at the MRI, Hope or NMGH but this will be the start of a long, drawn out closure of a once great hospital.

Citizens of Rochdale will be only too familiar with the double-speak and the road about to be travelled.
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Post  Jeanie on Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:05 pm

My thoughts exactly Hinch, they don't yet realise the knock on effect it will have on the rest of their services just like Rochdale Infirmary and the thing that annoys me is the wording "Urgent Care Centre" they can't treat anything URGENT as good as they are it is nothing more than a "Lift Centre" ?
We have a rapid ageing population and a £30 billion shortfall for the NHS by 2020 and they are saying it can't be funded from the public purse so the only way to do it is to free up NHS Services regardless Mad 
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