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Hands up if you think we deserve better!

Join in with the next phase of #HandsUpForAHandBack. We’re making a mosaic to show that we want downgrades to stop and services restored!

Anyone who would ideally like to restore services to Wycombe Hospital and protect what we have is welcome to join in with the next phase of #HandsUpForAHandBack by sending in photos via email and social media. If you’d like a poster these can be downloaded here:https://savewycombehospital.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/qr-mosaic.jpg

The hand works in two ways. We’re saying ‘stop’ and putting our hands up for a ‘hand back’ of lost services. This is an apolitical, community friendly campaign.

You’re welcome to send in quotes with your photo with why you support the cause.

Tweet: @HandBackOurHosp with #HandsUpForAHandBack Email: savewycombehospital@live.co.uk  or post pics on FB: https://www.facebook.com/savewycombehospital/

The latest petition can be signed here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-funding-for-buckinghamshire It will remain live until we get a satisfactory response. Please keep the signatures coming. Next stop the Department of Health!

Learn more about our photo events here:

https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/sunday-13th-march-handsupforahandback/ and here: https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/an-open-letter-to-our-health-secretary/



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:


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 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.

Downing Street Acknowledgement

Today, Monday 1st December, an eagerly awaited envelope with ’10 Downing Street’ on the back arrived. You can read the acknowledgment letter below.


The original letter to our Prime Minister can be read here: https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/letter-to-our-prime-minister/

Reflecting back on our Downing Street visit three weeks ago, a highlight was the fact that Steve Hewlett and Arthur were recognised and photographed with our mosaic. People even asked about our hospital!

As we wait for a reply, please continue your much appreciated support for the cause, including:

-Helping to get more signatures on:


-Helping more posters go up as part of #HandsUpForAHandBack:

-Keeping your stories, offers of help, etc. coming in


This canvas is hidden in a local business. You have 2 weeks in which to find it and send in a picture!

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Send a picture with the location and #HandAndSeek to @HandBackOurHosp, savewycombehospital@live.co.uk, https://www.facebook.com/groups/savewycombehospital/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/highwycombe/

Good luck!



Letter to our Prime Minister

On Sunday 9th November, Steve Hewlett and his puppet Arthur delivered our mosaic to Downing Street.  You can view the message printed on the back of our mosaic below.

Dear Rt. Hon. David Cameron,

This mosaic shows a community united, across the political spectrum and different backgrounds, in wanting services restored to Wycombe Hospital.  You are being asked to help us. Please:

  1. Restore Wycombe Hospital to a publically funded, fully functioning hospital with services including A&E and full maternity.

Since the downgrades at Wycombe hospital, which began in 2005, many people have suffered.

Neighbouring hospitals Stoke Mandeville and Wexham Park have been overwhelmed, with both having been in ‘special measures’ in the past year.

A town the size of High Wycombe, deserves services here, not only for our benefit, but for all those around us.

A minor injuries unit and midwife-led birthing centre, is not sufficient to sustain a population of 170,000 situated close to the motorway.

Our county, Buckinghamshire, has also received less funding per capita for our hospitals for a substantial amount of time now. Please ensure we also have the funding to restore services.

  1. Ensure the hospital land, given to Wycombe as a memorial to the Great War, is protected. This land on Queen Alexandra Road was given to the people of High Wycombe by the Carrington family to honour those that died and to care for women and children.
  1. Halt the downgrades to other hospitals up and down the country and ensure lessons are learned from what has happened here in High Wycombe.

The image on this mosaic consists of over 100 hand photographs received as part of the Hand Back Our Hospital Hand Campaign and includes celebrities.  There have been other sizeable petitions with 40,000 signing at the time of downgrades and thousands signing petitions more recently.


Our hospital land was a gift as a memorial to the Great War. At its centenary – please restore our vital services.

We look forward to your response,