Residents speak out for Brookfields Hospital

September 21, 2007 11:42 AM

Cambridge MP, David Howarth, has held a public meeting for residents concerned about the future of Brookfields Hospital .

Those at the meeting were extremely worried about the possible closure of the Lord Byron, Rupert Brooke and Frances Cornford wards and were keen to share their concerns with the Primary Care Trust who will make the final decision in March.

David commented:

"It was a very productive meeting and many of those who attended will now be writing to the PCT as part of the pre-consultation to share their concerns. It is important that as many people as possible contact the PCT so that they are aware of how the closure of these wards will affect patients and their families."

Concerns were raised about the possibility of patients being moved out of Cambridge. Mr Howarth commented:

"The PCT is emphasising providing care in the home but for some people this will mean being treated 20 or 30 miles away from home in community hospitals across Cambridgeshire. Surely there is a contradiction here?

"Residents were also very worried that there is already a shortage of care staff and so are concerned that patients' families may not have the support they need to cope with caring for their loved ones at home instead of in Brookfields Hospital ."

David Howarth with Romsey Councillor Catherine Smart outside Davison House, Brookfields HospitalDavid Howarth is launching a petition to save Davison House. If you are interested in signing the petition or finding out more about the campaign please visit www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/brookfields

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