Give your views on the future of services at Heatherwood HospitalBy Julie Spencer
September 27, 2012
Health bosses meeting today are expected to give the go-ahead for a three-month public consultation on the future of Heatherwood Hospital.
The board of the NHS South of England, the body which oversees health strategy locally, is set to approve the start of the consultation into the future of the Ascot centre.
Maternity, rehabilitation services and the minor injuries unit at Heatherwood look set to go as part of the review of health care in Bracknell and Ascot.
The consultation process was approved on Tuesday at a meeting of NHS Berkshire and is expected to get underway on October 15.
Patients and people living in Bracknell and Ascot will be asked their views on three areas – moving the minor injuries unit at Heatherwood to the new planned Urgent Care Centre at Brants Bridge in Bracknell, closing the birth centre and closing rehabilitation Ward 8 that currently looks after stroke and general medical patients.
Bracknell people can send in a questionnaire on the back of the consultation documents, complete a questionnaire online at www.berkshire.nhs.uk/shapingthefuture or attend public meetings, the dates of which have not yet been announced.
The Shaping the Future of Healthcare in East Berkshire consultation will last three months and the deadline for all public responses is January 31, 2013.