NHS Worcestershire, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust
Worcestershire service review delayed
STRUCTURE: A review of acute services in Worcestershire has been delayed after NHS managers said they needed more time to draw up the short-list of options.
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A meeting of NHS Worcestershire’s Joint Services Review on 12 September heard more work was needed after hearing public feedback and receiving advice from doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
The JSR said it wants to look more closely at the potential implications and consequences of some of the proposals which could see acute services removed from hospitals in the county.
There are fears the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch could lose its A&E department. A petition against the closure attracted more than 52,000 signatures.
NHS Worcestershire chief executive, Eamonn Kelly, said: “It is so important that we get this right for local people. Good progress is being made. We remain committed to finding the best possible combination of high quality, safe, accessible, sustainable and affordable services for the people who use the NHS in Worcestershire, now and in the future. This will have implications for our timetable but we have said all along that rather than sticking to a rigid plan we would be flexible. ”
The main focus of the Joint Services Review is on acute hospital services, but it will also look at the wider health and care system.