WHERE THE AXE IS FALLINGOctober 4, 2012
You may have seen that the Mail on Sunday is running a campaign against the closure of hospital A&E departments.
As part of this campaign they are looking for case studies in which somebody has died or been taken seriously ill after, for example, being left on a hospital trolley for hours, or because an ambulance has been delayed or had to travel further to an A&E hospital because a more local A&E has been closed. They are particularly interested in cases involving children.
The list of closures is below. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know has been affected by these closures.
NORTH OF ENGLAND
BISHOP AUCKLAND Nearest A&Es for serious cases: Newcastle upon Tyne 31miles/1 hour
North Tees in Stockton 21miles/40 mins
HARTLEPOOL Nearest A&E: NorthTees in Stockton 15 miles/30mins
BURNLEY Nearest A&E: Blackburn 16 miles/30mins
CHORLEY Major trauma cases going to Preston Preston 14miles/20mins
PONTEFRACT GENERAL Nearest A&Es: Pinderﬁelds 10 miles/20 mins Dewsbury 18 miles/30mins
TRAFFORD GENERAL Nearest A&E: Manchester Royal Inﬁrmary 8 miles/45mins
NEWARK Nearest A&E: Sutton-in-Ashﬁeld 25miles/50 mins
STAFFORD Plans to reopen A&E at night cancelled
ST CROSS, RUGBY Nearest A&E: Coventry 15 miles/30 mins
KIDDERMINSTER Minor injury unit could close Worcester 15miles/33mins
REDDITCH / WORCESTER A&E closure under consultation Worcester 18 miles/34mins
SOUTH OF ENGLAND
WELWYN GARDEN CITY A&E becoming minor injuries only between 8pm and 8am. All ‘blue light’ emergencies at any time will go to Stevenage Stevenage 14 miles/20 mins
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD Nearest A&E: Watford 9.5miles/23 mins
ST ALBANS Nearest A&E: Watford 9.6miles/24 mins
MARGATE Major trauma could move to Ashford – under consultation Ashford 31miles/56 mins
HAYWARDS HEATH Losing major trauma to Royal Sussex Hospital Brighton 15miles/30 mins
WYCOMBE Nearest A&E: Stoke Mandeville 14miles/30 mins
CHASE FARM, Enﬁeld Nearest A&Es: North Middlesex 8 miles/20mins Barnet 7 miles/20 mins
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX, HAMMERSMITH, CHARING CROSS Nearest A&E: Northwick Park 5miles/
EALING Nearest A&Es: West Middlesex 4 miles/ 20mins Northwick Park 8 miles/45 mins
KING GEORGE, Ilford Nearest A&E: Queen’s 4miles/21 mins
ST HELIER, Sutton Nearest A&Es: Croydon Uni Hospital 6 miles/ 20mins Kingston 8 miles/ 40mins
LLANELLI Nearest A&E: Carmarthen 25 miles/45 mins
NEATH PORT TALBOT NOT A&E– BUT losing ‘acute medicine service’ treating clots, asthma attacks, blood poisoning, heart attacks, pneumonia etc Nearest services: Swansea 13 miles/20minsBridgend16 miles/26 mins
Jo is a Partner specialising in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims.