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Threats to Our Hospital Site?

Our hospital land was given to the people of Wycombe as a memorial to the Great War, to honour those that died, and to care for women and children. A price simply cannot be put on the benefits of having our hospital in the town centre.  You’re welcome to add your thoughts on the importance of it’s location on this blog page:

https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/location-location-location-where-the-heart-is/

Fears over the hospital site have been ongoing for some time now, particularly the Tower Block area. Some claim it will become a car park, others are concerned that the land will be sold, possibly for development of housing in the town centre.

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Sign metres away from our hospital

 

The MP for Bracknell had the audacity to calculate how much our hospital land was worth in his ‘Royal Thames Valley Hospital’ document [1]

A report by Durrow [2] who were commissioned by our own MP makes claims about the Tower Block ‘nearing the end of its life’ however there is no mention of replacing it with a building of equal capacity, and no links to evidence to support this.

During his election campaign, our MP stated that he would be exploring buying out the ‘expensive privately-financed hospitals across the county’.  Whilst removing the hideous PFI debt would be a welcome move, could this potentially put at risk the area of land with the newer hospital building? At the moment it could be argued that the debt on that building is what is keeping our hospital where it is.

More recently, Bucks Healthcare have snuck in the sentence ‘There are plans afoot for the redevelopment of a number of departments, notably inpatient accommodation’ on their website, however they fail to provide any further information, despite reassurance at a recent HASC meeting to patients that no changes would be made without involving them.

It’s important that a full assessment report of the Tower Building is put into the public’s hands. We’ve all heard rumours about issues it has, but why can’t it be revamped like the college building which is of similar age?

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And if this really is not possible, then a building of equal capacity needs to be built on the hospital site BEFORE the tower block is removed. This is surely possible if done in stages.

‘Care in the community’ is a phrase that’s bandied about in order to justify removal of hospital beds. However even if successfully implemented, with an increasing population there is still the need for a building with the Tower Block’s capacity. In fact only last year did a patient claim to be kept on a mattress on the floor due to a shortage of beds.

Any redevelopments of the Wycombe Hospital site need to involve staff, patients and the general public from the start. Our local area has had enough ‘sham’ ‘consultations’ for a lifetime!

Importantly, our hospital site must be protected.  If there really are no ‘vested interests’ there will be no issue with keeping hands off our hospital land.

 

(1) http://www.phillip-lee.com/wp-content/uploads/the-royal-thames-valley-hospital.pdf

(2) http://www.stevebaker.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Wycombe_11thSep-cropped-FINAL.pdf

Pledges

Pledges signed by Wycombe’s Parliamentary Candidates

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Signed by: Jem Bailey (Green Party) Steve Guy (Liberal Democrats), David Williams (Labour Party), Steve Baker (Conservatives)

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Jem Bailey (Green Party) signed all,

Steve Guy (Liberal Democrats) signed pledges 2 & 3,

David Williams (Labour Party) signed all,

Steve Baker (Conservatives) refused,

David Meacock (ukip) refused,

David Fitton (Independent) not approached.

The Celeb Files

We’ve had lots of interaction with celebrities, check back in the next few weeks to learn more! Phil Vickery Steve Hewlett and ArthurGabby Logan 2015-08-31

Twitter Followers

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Retweeted the Funding Petition

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(https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-funding-for-buckinghamshire)

Sent in hands for our poster

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Post under construction – more to follow!

Location, Location, Location/ Where The Heart Is…

Image adapted from Google Maps

Image adapted from Google Maps

Our hospital land’s history was briefly mentioned in the letter to our Prime Minister (1) and we can learn more from Blogger Ivor (2) who states: ‘The people of Wycombe should not forget that the first hospital built on the Marlow Hill site was the Cottage Hospital paid for by the people of Wycombe to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Indeed the plaques commemorating the fallen from High Wycombe and surrounding villages are still on display by the main entrance door of the modern day hospital.’  

Further detail on our hospital’s history can be found in Frances Alexander’s comment:

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On a personal level, having used the hospital with various different hats on, I can think of several reasons why its location is important to me. For example, it’s proximity to the bus station and being just one bus journey away from home facilitated being able to work independently as a young teenager in the role of a volunteer.  A handful of times I was able to complete a Sunday shift whilst employed by the NHS and jump on a train straight back to university. At the time, the Occupational Health department was on the hospital site and we could just nip in for our appointments. Whilst Cressex is only a short distance away, you can’t help but wonder the extra amount of time taken off work now, particularly by those who don’t drive.

Small things like being able to pop into town after work and pick up a present or bits for dinner add up and can make a difference.  The NHS is one of our largest employers. The convenience of being close to Wycombe’s town centre facilities can’t really be measured and surely impacts positively on the economy.

With many people employed in the town centre, our hospital’s location has a positive effect on them too. The difference of being able to spend longer at work on a day of a hospital appointment as you’re only walking distance away, or being able to pop in on a poorly relative, without adding the strain of an additional bus journey.

But as ever, this isn’t about me, and while I could go on typing about the reasons why I think our hospital’s location is important, it’s time to hear more from you. Please feel free to add your reasons, some collected on Facebook can be viewed below.

*Why is it important to you that our hospital is located on Queen Alexandra Road?*

Robyn

EmmaSJ Emma 2   Helen

(1) https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/letter-to-our-prime-minister/

(2) http://www.wycombetoday.com/2014-10-14-hands-up-to-save-wycombe-hospital/