This is from the Save Southend NHS Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SaveSouthendNHS/
STP PLANNED SERVICE RECONFIGURATIONS!!!!! READ AND SHARE!
Dear supporters. Southend currently has a GENERAL HOSPITAL but under the proposals by the Mid and South Essex STP, not for much longer – here is the list of all the service relocations. In case they wish to argue, these are from their web site (which is exceedingly hard to navigate – even for us) http://www.nhsmidandsouthessex.co.uk/current-proposals/proposals-for-hospital-services/
Patients in need of emergency general surgery that require a hospital stay to be at BROOMFIELD Hospital.
Gastroenterology services for people with complex gut and liver problems requiring a hospital stay to be at BROOMFIELD Hospital.
Patients requiring a hospital stay for complex lung problems to be located at BASILDON Hospital.
Patients with complex kidney problems who need a hospital stay to be located at BASILDON Hospital.
Patients diagnosed with acute stroke would be transferred to a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at BASILDON Hospital.
Patients with vascular issues requiring a hospital stay for diseased arteries and veins to be located at BASILDON Hospital.
Patients who need a hospital stay for treatment of complex heart problems to be located at BASILDON Hospital.
Patients who require emergency Orthopaedic surgery which require a hospital stay (e.g. for broken bones) to be at BASILDON Hospital ( BROOMFIELD for Mid-Essex).
Patients who require a hospital stay for Urological surgery (e.g. for kidney and bladder problems) to be at BROOMFIELD Hospital (except for urological cancer operations which are already located at Southend Hospital).
Patients who require PLANNED orthopaedic surgery (e.g. for bones, joints and muscles) to be at SOUTHEND (though at Basildon if the patient has other complex health issues).
Women requiring gynaecological surgery who need a hospital stay and gynaecological cancer who need a hospital stay to be located at SOUTHEND Hospital.
Allegedly, you will be seen if an emergency at Southend A&E under a ‘treat and transfer’ plan and then transferred on by their currently non-existent, un-planned, un-staffed internal transfer service. They state: “If you needed to transfer to a specialist service, where you would have a higher chance of making a good recovery, we propose to invest in a new inter-hospital transport service with full clinical support, travelling with a doctor or a nurse for a safe and rapid transfer to the care you need.”
There is no documented plan of providing (or costings of) a fleet of vehicles, how they will staff this with Drs, nurses, paramedics (remember that one of the reasons for the whole STP is that there are recruitment problems) and very scant clinical evidence that is a few cases this will improve outcomes or be cost efficient. The ‘on the floor’ clinicians have stated most of these plans are dangerous and will not achieve either desired improvement patient outcomes OR financial savings OR improve staffing issues and this is backed by a wealth or clinical evidence by research organisations such as the Kings Fund who have conducted research on centralisation of hospital services. Plus they need to slash £400 million by 2020/21 therefore do you honestly think that this will be BETTER for us? Our NHS is in crisis as it is let alone with more budget slashing. This is an enforced postcode health lottery for the good people of our community and the majority of these plans are dangerous and a downgrade by stealth to our local GENERAL hospital. This is why we must fight!