NHS' 65th Birthday celebrations

Next week we have a series of celebratory events focused around the NHS' 65th Birthday. Please come and help keep up the fight to Save Our Hospitals!

Friday 5th July: Outside Charing Cross hospital from 12pm with Birthday themed activities and the usual leaflets and petitions

Saturday 6th July: Lyric Square street stall from 11am. We will be out in force at the stall with other birthday themed activities to get the public involved and aware that our hospitals are still under threat. 

Join us for our biggest action ever!

On Wednesday 3rd July from 6pm we will be outside the Full Council meeting at Hammersmith Town Hall where a number of Save Our Hospital activists have submitted questions to the council. We will meet outside at 6pm to leaflet, petition and take photographs as well as lobby councillors coming in. For those that can stay and support those with questions, Full Council starts at 7pm and the questions are early on the agenda. It is critical that we get as many activists as possible to come and attend this so that we send a message to the council that they must stand by our campaign and help us to Save Our Hospitals! 

Wednesday 3rd July @ 6pm

Death Rate Soars as A&E closes

The Mail on Sunday [12 May] revealed the consequences of closing A&E's. In a case study based on the closure of an A&E in Newark Nottinghamshire, there the evidence revealed that the death rate amongst emergency patients rose by 37 percent.

Professor Simon Shorvon, a neurologist from University College London and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery said “As a doctor living in West London, I am appalled by the decision to close all four of our local A&E's. It will leave a huge swathe of residents far from a local casualty.

“Time matters in an emergency situation and being stuck in an ambulance after a coronary or stroke or life threatening accident, in a traffic jam on the A4 or A40 trying to reach the remaining casualties will play havoc with survival and recovery rates.

“This is a disgraceful decision, made with no regard to the health and safety of the local population, and with no medical justification.

“A major priority for the NHS should be the adequate provision of emergency care and this is being ignored. Those in charge of the health provision to West London should be ashamed”.

The Mail on Sunday article has been sent to the Leader of H&F council and to the Health Scrutiny Committee so that they are fully aware of the consequences of agreeing to the demolition of Charing Cross Hospital and the closure of our A&E's.

A letter to Cllr Lucy Ivimy

To: Councillor Lucy Ivimy,
LBHF Health and Scrutiny Committee Chair
Hammersmith Town Hall, Kings Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9JU
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CC Attn: Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health
Richmond House 79 Whitehall London SW1A 2 NS

Dear Cllr Ivimy,

I am writing to object to the decisions made about our hospitals in LBHF and the use of my taxpayers’ money on misleading leaflets about saving Charing Cross. This is a betrayal. This major teaching hospital is to be demolished, not saved. We did not even know the hospital was under threat of closure until we received the leaflets saying it was SAVED. This was after NW London NHS made its decisions.

Demolishing Charing Cross Hospital and replacing it with a specialist out patients’ clinic is not saving a hospital. The Council did nothing to support its electorates’ needs for inpatient specialist hospital care in the Borough and refused the right of appeal.  They agreed that LBHF residents should travel out of borough. Hammersmith and Fulham is to lose the best hospital in West London and be left without any A&Es.

We are not fools. The Council failed in its duty to inform its electorate of the threat as demonstrated below. These are major changes to our hospitals and local healthcare that will affect us and the Council failed in its responsibility.

I have ticked the following reasons relevant to me that highlight the role of LBHF and NW London NHS and added my personal comments 
____    I only learned about the proposed changes from the Save our Hospitals

____    I saw no information anywhere in the hospital about the proposed changes.
_____   I was given no information about changes that would affect me in my doctor’s
             surgery / clinic.

_____   I was given the impression A&Es were under threat but not hospitals.

______  I never received information from the Council about the threats to  
              Charing Cross until after the decisions were made to replace it with the
              outpatients ‘hospital.

The full comprehensive health needs of residents of LBHF and patients have been dismissed as inconsequential with this substitute. The 85% outpatients claimed will be treated at the 'new proposed' polyclinic is only half the story. It assumes patients will only ever need outpatients.

Cancer patients receive their chemo and radiology at Charing Cross specialist clinic but have to go to St Mary's for their surgery and scans. There will be no continuity of care for vulnerable patients who need both outpatients and inpatient care in Hammersmith and Fulham. We will have to travel out of borough far from the support network of family and friends for longer term inpatient treatment.

Patients with mobility problems, e.g. Orthopaedics / Neurology / Cancer surgery, are faced with having to decide not to continue with their treatment because travelling is too daunting. St Mary’s is a warren, inaccessible and hazardous for mobility patients. The 500 beds in CXH deal with the reality of their very genuine overall needs and meet them well. Sometimes they need day beds.

The claimed £90 million the Council suggest is to be invested in Chairing Cross should NOT be spent on demolishing the hospital and its residences for medical staff and nurses to build a mock ‘replacement’. This is taxpayers' money. The hospital should be renovated, restored and maintained properly as it should have been. 

Charing Cross is a major teaching hospital, a purpose built, perfect site for learning and both impatient and inpatient treatment.  It has been a major source of doctors and consultants over the years with highly respected, well-established teams of medical excellence. It should continue to provide this expertise in future, but these are at risk of being lost as they are instead of being valued are being dismantled. The downgraded hospital will not be able to function fully as a teaching hospital without the full inpatient - outpatient continuity of care. With the loss of A&E, essential for learning emergency diagnosis and treatment, that would be impossible.

We cannot accept the loss of Charing Cross. It means….
•    No A&Es in Hammersmith and Fulham, putting our lives at risk.  
•    No major acute hospital for millions people in an inner city borough, with a population the size of Sheffield and increasing rapidly.
•    Loss of a purpose built hospital of perfect design for accessibility and treatment
•    Loss of the only hospital in London with good public transport for patients with mobility problems for A&E and on-going inpatient specialist treatment in West London.
•    Loss of the only readily available air ambulance access in West London
•    A&E and specialist treatment to be moved to inaccessible hospitals, out of borough
•    Loss of one of the most world renowned major acute medical schools

The Council, NW London NHS and the Government have ignored patients’ key needs.
We need both Charing Cross and Chelsea Westminster Hospitals under one management, both as acute specialist inpatient hospital sites, but one hospital. Each site complementing the other in their specialties in our two very heavily populated inner city boroughs. It would have be an unsurpassable Centre of excellence, as already noted by the Kings Fund.

As residents and patients in Hammersmith and Fulham, we believe we matter. It’s time the Council and NW London NHS listened to our concerns. I would appreciate a reply.








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