Tatton Ward closure angers Knutsford residents

Extract from the Knutsford Guardian

“DISGRUNTLED Knutsfordians have blasted a decision by health bosses to permanently close an in-patient ward at the town’s community hospital.

In a meeting – attended by more than 50 residents – at St John’s Church hall last Thursday the East Cheshire NHS Trust board decided to close the 18-bed Tatton Ward.  However, it added outpatient and community services would not be affected by the decision. ”

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George urges people to ‘get involved’.

KNUTSFORD’S MP, George Osbourne has backed our hospital trust’s bid to become a ‘public membership’ body.

East Cheshire NHS Trust began a programme of public consultation for its plans to become an NHS Foundation Trust in November. The consultation process began at the beginning of November with three public meetings on the plans being held in Winsford, Congleton and Crewe. Guardian readers reported low turnouts for one of the events – in Winsford – and now George Osborne, MP for Tatton, is urging residents from across the area to get involved in the process.

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Tatton Ward closure permanent at Knutsford Community Hospital

TATTON Ward at Knutsford Community Hospital has been closed since 2010.

Its operator – East Cheshire NHS Trust – has made it clear that it feels the ward is no longer able to meet the needs of patients.

On its website it has listed the reasons behind the closure: it is old accommodation in need of modernisation; it has reduced access to therapy services; and it has limited access to medical care.

The website adds: “We made the decision in September 2010 to temporarily close this facility due to these reasons. We are now proposing the permanent closure of this ward and the transfer of the service to the Langley Unit at Macclesfield District General Hospital.”

Knutsford patient advised to travel to Macclesfield?

Published in the Knutsford Guardian 17 August 2012
A patient at Knutsford’s Community Hospital claims people are being encouraged to travel to Macclesfield for appointments instead of using the town’s clinics because they can get seen quicker.

The future of the hospital on Bexton Road is up in the air after it was announced in February that a new medical centre could be built on the site.

But a Knutsford resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was told he would have to wait two months for an appointment at the audiology clinic in Knutsford when he phoned in July.

After stating he was able to drive, the receptionist then offered him an appointment at Macclesfield the week after.

“Some two months ago I attended our Knutsford Community Hospital where, after tests, I was provided with two hearing aids,” he said.

“I have recently been experiencing some problems which indicate the hearing aids need adjusting.

“I rang the audiology department at Macclesfield District General Hospital to request an appointment at Knutsford Community Hospital.

“The earliest appointment they could offer me was early September.

“Fortunately, as I can drive to Macclesfield, they were able to offer me the week after.”

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