Have your say over proposed health service changes
October 16, 2012
The NHS is asking for your views on proposed changes to three services – maternity, minor injuries and rehabilitation - currently provided at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot.
Public consultation began on 15 October and runs until 31 January.
You can have your say in a number of ways including at consultation events where the doctors and other clinicians leading on our proposals will explain the thinking behind them, answer your questions and get your comments. These events will include detailed discussions with clinicians in small groups to give people every opportunity to talk to those involved.
Two of these events are in Bracknell – on 6 December and 10 January – and there is also one in Ascot on 13 December. You can book a place by calling 0800 148 8572 or register online at www.berkshire.nhs.uk/shapingthefuture
NHS Berkshire Chief Executive Charles Waddicor said: “We want local people to use these opportunities to get involved in detailed, in-depth discussions with us about our proposals. We will take all views on board before we make any decisions.
“We believe the proposals would raise standards of quality and safety and provide better services for patients and value for money for the taxpayer.
“They would result in more patients recovering independence more quickly, fewer people going to A&E and pregnant women being offered a wide choice of safe, high-quality birth options.”
The NHS has already committed to keep Heatherwood as a hospital offering high-quality planned surgery, securing its future by modernising its facilities.
The consultation focuses on three specific proposals:
• Moving the Minor Injuries Unit at Heatherwood to the planned new Urgent Care Centre at Brants Bridge in Bracknell
• Improving rehabilitation services for stroke and general medical patients, providing care and therapy to them in their own homes or communities instead of at ward 8 at Heatherwood
• Permanently closing the Ascot Birth Centre at Heatherwood with women offered a range of birth options at nearby hospitals and in the community
For further information, including copies of consultation documents, contact the Shaping the Future team:
Tel 0118 982 2709