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Campaigners say 'stop' to community hospital hub roll-out

Community Hubs - Save Wycombe Hospital

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 6:06am 24th April 2018. (Updated at 6:09am 25th April 2018)

We are being asked to send in photos of ourselves with our hands in a 'stop position' in protest at the planned roll-out of community hospital 'hubs' across Buckinghamshire.

Campaigners say the pilot project in Thame and Marlow saw 20 overnight bed closures and are hoping for questions to be answered.

Bucks Healthcare are meeting with the County Council's HASC committee later today to discuss the future of the project.

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Campaigner Miss Ozma Hafiz said,

''It's difficult for most people to attend the Aylesbury meeting therefore we have decided to arrange a protest which people can take part in from wherever they are. This could potentially get people around them talking too and help raise awareness The HASC meeting on Tuesday 24th April in Aylesbury is an important one.

"The Trust will be presenting their report and we are hoping that questions will actually be answered.

"We know that hospitals in our region are overwhelmed. Oxford has had to cancel operations this year due to a lack of beds.

"I've been speaking to patients from the National Spinal Injuries Unit in Stoke Mandeville who are having their treatment delayed due to general patients taking over their beds.

"It will be shocking if ward closures continue past this 12 month pilot, let alone if any more overnight bed closures are being rolled out.

Bucks healthcare said:

"The Trust is attending the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee in Aylesbury today (Tuesday 24 April 2018) to present a comprehensive report and evaluation of the first year of the community hubs pilot.

"Our aim in developing community hubs has been, through prevention and early intervention, to provide more care closer to home.

"The community hubs programme is based on feedback from patients who have told us that they wish to be given the right support so they can remain independent, stay at home and avoid an A&E visit or hospital admission if at all possible.

"Since April 2017 we have been able to support double the number of patients through their local community hospital than had been seen the year before, and around 900 patients a month are being helped to stay independent and in their own homes.

"Through the two pilots, taking place in Marlow and Thame, we have introduced a number of new services. These developments include the community assessment and treatment service, where geriatricians, nurses, therapists and GPs are providing expert assessment, undertaking tests and agreeing treatment plans to support frail people in their own homes.

"We have also expanded the range of local outpatient clinics on offer - for example, people are now able to have chemotherapy at their local hub instead of travelling further afield. In addition, we're working with the voluntary sector including Care UK and Prevention Matters."

Photos and comments can be emailed in to savewycombehospital@live.co.uk, Tweeted in to @HandBackOurHosp and posted on the Save Wycombe Hospital Facebook page.

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