Video: Wycombe MP's 'awful journey' to Wexham Park Hospital

Bucks Free Press: Steve Baker MP after finally finding the drop off point at Wexham Park Hospital Steve Baker MP after finally finding the drop off point at Wexham Park Hospital

AN MP has bemoaned the parking set-up and long journey families face in an emergency race to troubled Wexham Park Hospital.

MP Steve Baker filmed the trip from his home in West Wycombe to Wexham Park to highlight the “awful” and overly long journey residents face to reach one of the two nearest A&E centres to High Wycombe.

Just ten minutes in Mr Baker points out he would have reached Wycombe Hospital in the same it took him to drive to Handy Cross.

The Wycombe MP was still approximately 13 minutes away from Wexham Park Hospital when he reached the 20 minute travel mark.

Mr Baker said: “Twenty minutes is the boundary experts tell us people are prepared to travel for an emergency assessment.

"So really by now, by any standard, we should now be going in for the emergency assessment we need, so this really is too far.”

Bucks Free Press: Steve Baker Wexham Park Hospital

When he finally arrived at Wexham Park, Mr Baker had his head in his hands after he was unable to find a parking space. He said: “I would be beside myself by now if I was on my own with a sick child.”

He told the Free Press: “The journey was rubbish and the parking is awful, so I would be inclined to dial 999.

“I later found a drop off bay but they were not immediately obvious when you arrive so I would image people and families would panic.”

Mr Baker said the video was building evidence as part of his campaign to improve health services for Wycombe residents.

Later in the YouTube clip, Mr Baker questions Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chairman Mike O’Donovan about the care the hospital offers and flags up his parking experiences.

The trust was placed in to special measures earlier this month following a report by the Care Quality Commission.

The report said there is a shortage of clinical staff so the hospital has a heavy reliance on agency staff that are unfamiliar to the hospital wards.

Staff were found to be kind and compassionate but often too busy to support patients properly and there is a “lack of clinical engagement”.

Mr O’Donovan said the report was ‘disappointing’ but “the good news is you will get treated here as well as anywhere else across the country.”

The hospital was keen to get people through A&E quicker and had implemented changes, including increasing the numbers of beds.

Mr O’Donovan apologised to Mr Baker for his parking problems and said the Trust was adding 90 additional spaces and changing patient visitor times in an attempt to alleviate some of the peak parking hours.

The Trust’s Acting Chief Executive Grant MacDonald will appear before Buckinghamshire County Council's Health and Adult Social Care (HASC) select committee at 10am on May 20 at County Hall.

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2:56pm Thu 15 May 14

I know who I am says...

Now maybe you will put your money where your mouth is and fight to bring our hospital and A&E back to wycombe
Now maybe you will put your money where your mouth is and fight to bring our hospital and A&E back to wycombe I know who I am
  • Score: 20

4:59pm Thu 15 May 14

The walking dead says...

So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he!
So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he! The walking dead
  • Score: -11

5:42pm Thu 15 May 14

Kania 2000 says...

The walking dead wrote:
So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he!
Clearly neither have used the Ambulance service recently, my last experience was a 5hr wait for a fallen 94 year old with a broken hip.
[quote][p][bold]The walking dead[/bold] wrote: So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he![/p][/quote]Clearly neither have used the Ambulance service recently, my last experience was a 5hr wait for a fallen 94 year old with a broken hip. Kania 2000
  • Score: 13

6:51pm Thu 15 May 14

Robert.M says...

Just yet another show of Steve Baker on an ego trip trying to drum up votes.
He is as much use as a chocolate teapot, and as transparent as cling film
Just yet another show of Steve Baker on an ego trip trying to drum up votes. He is as much use as a chocolate teapot, and as transparent as cling film Robert.M
  • Score: 6

7:19pm Thu 15 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

You think that we aren't aware of this already Mr Baker???
You think that we aren't aware of this already Mr Baker??? Darren Hayday
  • Score: 13

8:16pm Thu 15 May 14

stevet123 says...

can tell steve baker is a david cameron knob boy, wycombe need there a&e back, as i said long time ago we have a major motorway on our door step, wycombe is so close so near and 5 mins away with blues and two's on, and we live in a tory strong hold, what's up with these tory dickheads
can tell steve baker is a david cameron knob boy, wycombe need there a&e back, as i said long time ago we have a major motorway on our door step, wycombe is so close so near and 5 mins away with blues and two's on, and we live in a tory strong hold, what's up with these tory dickheads stevet123
  • Score: 9

8:30pm Thu 15 May 14

Robert.M says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
You think that we aren't aware of this already Mr Baker???
Just goes to show what a Cameron lap dog he is Darren, Wycombe has been fighting the closure of it`s A&E for ages, and what help of we had from that career minded, egotistical, self centred don't give a hoot about Wycombe, NOTHING, I really hope he goes in the bout of voting, he does not care nor has he done anything to help Wycombe since he has been in office
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: You think that we aren't aware of this already Mr Baker???[/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a Cameron lap dog he is Darren, Wycombe has been fighting the closure of it`s A&E for ages, and what help of we had from that career minded, egotistical, self centred don't give a hoot about Wycombe, NOTHING, I really hope he goes in the bout of voting, he does not care nor has he done anything to help Wycombe since he has been in office Robert.M
  • Score: 10

8:43pm Thu 15 May 14

sparky49 says...

I don't know why you are all moaning. What do you expect from a Tory government. They have a long history of trying to dismantle the beloved and envied around the world NHS. We pay for it through our tax and yet it is being destroyed by the Tory B*********S.
Mind you Tory Blair didn't far much better.
I don't know why you are all moaning. What do you expect from a Tory government. They have a long history of trying to dismantle the beloved and envied around the world NHS. We pay for it through our tax and yet it is being destroyed by the Tory B*********S. Mind you Tory Blair didn't far much better. sparky49
  • Score: 8

9:00pm Thu 15 May 14

The walking dead says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
The walking dead wrote:
So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he!
Clearly neither have used the Ambulance service recently, my last experience was a 5hr wait for a fallen 94 year old with a broken hip.
Kania, I work for the ambulance service so think I'm far more qualified than you to mention what it's appropriate to call 999 for
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The walking dead[/bold] wrote: So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he![/p][/quote]Clearly neither have used the Ambulance service recently, my last experience was a 5hr wait for a fallen 94 year old with a broken hip.[/p][/quote]Kania, I work for the ambulance service so think I'm far more qualified than you to mention what it's appropriate to call 999 for The walking dead
  • Score: -6

9:12pm Thu 15 May 14

retchub says...

no need to worry THE NHS IS SAFE IN TORY HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
no need to worry THE NHS IS SAFE IN TORY HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! retchub
  • Score: -1

9:34pm Thu 15 May 14

J B Blackett says...

It would appear that most people in the Wycombe area hink that the Conservatives are trying to run down the NHS ( for whatever reason ) and that the local MP is not on their side (for whatever reason)
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Politicians words appear to be as ever are self-delusional , sanctimonious and in the end , utterly worthless.
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Politicians are ,after all , remote , transient and always full of self-interest - whereas like the poor , the sick and fatally ill are ever with us and actually here in this area , powerless and have nobody to stick up for them.
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Jolly poor show
It would appear that most people in the Wycombe area hink that the Conservatives are trying to run down the NHS ( for whatever reason ) and that the local MP is not on their side (for whatever reason) . Politicians words appear to be as ever are self-delusional , sanctimonious and in the end , utterly worthless. . Politicians are ,after all , remote , transient and always full of self-interest - whereas like the poor , the sick and fatally ill are ever with us and actually here in this area , powerless and have nobody to stick up for them. . Jolly poor show J B Blackett
  • Score: 4

9:26am Fri 16 May 14

CatherineAB says...

Has Mr Baker also timed a journey to Stoke M? which I have found to be a complete nightmare on too many occasions, from Marlow. Also with a challenging car park and poor signage once you find the hospital, plus disgusting public toilets. Bring back A & E to High Wycombe, where it is sorely needed.
Has Mr Baker also timed a journey to Stoke M? which I have found to be a complete nightmare on too many occasions, from Marlow. Also with a challenging car park and poor signage once you find the hospital, plus disgusting public toilets. Bring back A & E to High Wycombe, where it is sorely needed. CatherineAB
  • Score: 14

10:02am Fri 16 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

J B Blackett wrote:
It would appear that most people in the Wycombe area hink that the Conservatives are trying to run down the NHS ( for whatever reason ) and that the local MP is not on their side (for whatever reason)
.
Politicians words appear to be as ever are self-delusional , sanctimonious and in the end , utterly worthless.
.
Politicians are ,after all , remote , transient and always full of self-interest - whereas like the poor , the sick and fatally ill are ever with us and actually here in this area , powerless and have nobody to stick up for them.
.
Jolly poor show
I do hear what you are saying but not all politicians are like that. There are a number up and down the Country from all different political colours that do care and that do work hard – however unfortunately in Wycombe we are lacking a great number including our Member of Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: It would appear that most people in the Wycombe area hink that the Conservatives are trying to run down the NHS ( for whatever reason ) and that the local MP is not on their side (for whatever reason) . Politicians words appear to be as ever are self-delusional , sanctimonious and in the end , utterly worthless. . Politicians are ,after all , remote , transient and always full of self-interest - whereas like the poor , the sick and fatally ill are ever with us and actually here in this area , powerless and have nobody to stick up for them. . Jolly poor show[/p][/quote]I do hear what you are saying but not all politicians are like that. There are a number up and down the Country from all different political colours that do care and that do work hard – however unfortunately in Wycombe we are lacking a great number including our Member of Parliament. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 3

11:27am Fri 16 May 14

catrose says...

Its a disgrace a town the size of Wycombe doesnt have an A&E. (the journey I recently did in a ambulance with my dad was just awful, the road surface to Stoke makes you feel like you are in a boat in a force 9 gale, dad whimpered in pain the whole way) My doctor told me several patients have given birth in the car park due to the time it takes to get to Stoke/Wrexham. If you have someone in one of the these hospitals the journey to visit is exhausting, if you are elderly its a real barrier. I think Wycombe hospital is being run down and we really need to fight to save it not just the A&E.
Its a disgrace a town the size of Wycombe doesnt have an A&E. (the journey I recently did in a ambulance with my dad was just awful, the road surface to Stoke makes you feel like you are in a boat in a force 9 gale, dad whimpered in pain the whole way) My doctor told me several patients have given birth in the car park due to the time it takes to get to Stoke/Wrexham. If you have someone in one of the these hospitals the journey to visit is exhausting, if you are elderly its a real barrier. I think Wycombe hospital is being run down and we really need to fight to save it not just the A&E. catrose
  • Score: 8

11:31am Fri 16 May 14

talia45 says...

Hhhmmmmm, isn't this all a little too late. And how would this Gp thing work? Pretty sure it wouldn't be feasible if only for the lack of parking at Wycombe lol.

Ambulance service is based at the other end of queens alexander road, so not sure what he's statement means about that either.

In fact I get the impression he has no idea as does any of his kind as to the challenges within the NHS now.
Didn't he recently vote positively on an NHS health reform to allow hospitals to be closed easierly?
Hypocrite.

The challenges wexham and indeed all local hospital staff face are incredible, but as said above is parking really this huge an issue, surely removal or replacement of services is paramount of concern for most people!
Hhhmmmmm, isn't this all a little too late. And how would this Gp thing work? Pretty sure it wouldn't be feasible if only for the lack of parking at Wycombe lol. Ambulance service is based at the other end of queens alexander road, so not sure what he's statement means about that either. In fact I get the impression he has no idea as does any of his kind as to the challenges within the NHS now. Didn't he recently vote positively on an NHS health reform to allow hospitals to be closed easierly? Hypocrite. The challenges wexham and indeed all local hospital staff face are incredible, but as said above is parking really this huge an issue, surely removal or replacement of services is paramount of concern for most people! talia45
  • Score: 5

3:38pm Fri 16 May 14

Kania 2000 says...

The walking dead wrote:
Kania 2000 wrote:
The walking dead wrote:
So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he!
Clearly neither have used the Ambulance service recently, my last experience was a 5hr wait for a fallen 94 year old with a broken hip.
Kania, I work for the ambulance service so think I'm far more qualified than you to mention what it's appropriate to call 999 for
Clearly you to haven't tried parking at either Stoke Mandeville or Wexham Park without the use of the Ambulance bays then!
Surely you colleges despatching Ambulances prioritise what is of high priority and those who don't need your services and advise accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]The walking dead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The walking dead[/bold] wrote: So the local MP is basically telling people to phone 999 and overburden an already busy Ambulance service because people are too lazy or stupid to find a parking space. If you can drive yourself to a&e you probably don't need to bethere in the first place. Setting a good example there isn't he![/p][/quote]Clearly neither have used the Ambulance service recently, my last experience was a 5hr wait for a fallen 94 year old with a broken hip.[/p][/quote]Kania, I work for the ambulance service so think I'm far more qualified than you to mention what it's appropriate to call 999 for[/p][/quote]Clearly you to haven't tried parking at either Stoke Mandeville or Wexham Park without the use of the Ambulance bays then! Surely you colleges despatching Ambulances prioritise what is of high priority and those who don't need your services and advise accordingly. Kania 2000
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Fri 16 May 14

stevet123 says...

CatherineAB wrote:
Has Mr Baker also timed a journey to Stoke M? which I have found to be a complete nightmare on too many occasions, from Marlow. Also with a challenging car park and poor signage once you find the hospital, plus disgusting public toilets. Bring back A & E to High Wycombe, where it is sorely needed.
Yes he did one quite a while back the donkey.
[quote][p][bold]CatherineAB[/bold] wrote: Has Mr Baker also timed a journey to Stoke M? which I have found to be a complete nightmare on too many occasions, from Marlow. Also with a challenging car park and poor signage once you find the hospital, plus disgusting public toilets. Bring back A & E to High Wycombe, where it is sorely needed.[/p][/quote]Yes he did one quite a while back the donkey. stevet123
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Fri 16 May 14

stevet123 says...

2015 is general election, so all these people who do not bother to vote, because the Tories always win, all non voters stand up and be counted go and vote for someone other than Tory
2015 is general election, so all these people who do not bother to vote, because the Tories always win, all non voters stand up and be counted go and vote for someone other than Tory stevet123
  • Score: 7

4:59pm Fri 16 May 14

Emma179 says...

The report clearly shows how desperate our need for an A&E in Wycombe is. I have personal experience of trekking over to SM with my 3 year old who has asthma. It's a disgrace that Wycombe residents lives are valued so poorly. We are a large town, not a rural village!

I don't agree that Steve Baker has not fought for us. He has spoken a number of times in parliament. It's so easy to say politicians don't care and are out of touch without any real evidence! On balance I think the Wycombe MPs have fought the case hard. It does make me wonder that if central government won't listen to them, what chance do the rest of us have!

Bring back our A&E. Without wishing to sound over dramatic, I really fear for the safety of those I love should anything happen!
The report clearly shows how desperate our need for an A&E in Wycombe is. I have personal experience of trekking over to SM with my 3 year old who has asthma. It's a disgrace that Wycombe residents lives are valued so poorly. We are a large town, not a rural village! I don't agree that Steve Baker has not fought for us. He has spoken a number of times in parliament. It's so easy to say politicians don't care and are out of touch without any real evidence! On balance I think the Wycombe MPs have fought the case hard. It does make me wonder that if central government won't listen to them, what chance do the rest of us have! Bring back our A&E. Without wishing to sound over dramatic, I really fear for the safety of those I love should anything happen! Emma179
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Fri 16 May 14

s6blr says...

Mr. Baker either shut the heck up or try the run to Choke Mainlyville which is even worse and far more dangerous.

You could have man'd up and stopped a High Wycombe A&E closing, but you didn't. Don't you dare promise it coming back in your re-election game, we're wise to you now!
Mr. Baker either shut the heck up or try the run to Choke Mainlyville which is even worse and far more dangerous. You could have man'd up and stopped a High Wycombe A&E closing, but you didn't. Don't you dare promise it coming back in your re-election game, we're wise to you now! s6blr
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Sat 17 May 14

Scarletto says...

I'm no fan of the wishy-washy Steve Baker and I'm not a Tory but I have to praise him a little for highlighting the dire situation we've got in Wycombe - whether trekking for up to 40 mins to Stoke Mandeville, trying to find a parking space and the wait for hours for treatment - or have the same ordeal going to Wex. Pk.
It's a great pity more people didn't sign the well publicised A&E closure protest petitions which circulated our district a while ago, including the Bucks Free Press, but apathy ruled. People just don't seem to care till they trek to Aylesbury or Slough. We're very unlikely to see an improvement and there's more muddle as I've heard of people going to Wycombe's minor injuries unit only to be turned away and told to go to one of the A&E depts in the other towns. More time wasted and more suffering.
Finally there's a peristent rumour that Wycombe Hospital's life is a bit limited as it has "concrete sickness" with crumbling concrete and rusting metalwork supports. Also a rumour that some parts of the hospital are underused and even empty.
Footnote to Baker's trip and interview at Wex. Pk.... it's worth noting that Mike O'Donovan has a large reserved parking space very close to the hospital entrance. No desperate driving round for him, or a costly parking ticket, or a longish limping walk into the hospital for treatment.
Shameful and dangerous situation for Wycombe area residents.
I'm no fan of the wishy-washy Steve Baker and I'm not a Tory but I have to praise him a little for highlighting the dire situation we've got in Wycombe - whether trekking for up to 40 mins to Stoke Mandeville, trying to find a parking space and the wait for hours for treatment - or have the same ordeal going to Wex. Pk. It's a great pity more people didn't sign the well publicised A&E closure protest petitions which circulated our district a while ago, including the Bucks Free Press, but apathy ruled. People just don't seem to care till they trek to Aylesbury or Slough. We're very unlikely to see an improvement and there's more muddle as I've heard of people going to Wycombe's minor injuries unit only to be turned away and told to go to one of the A&E depts in the other towns. More time wasted and more suffering. Finally there's a peristent rumour that Wycombe Hospital's life is a bit limited as it has "concrete sickness" with crumbling concrete and rusting metalwork supports. Also a rumour that some parts of the hospital are underused and even empty. Footnote to Baker's trip and interview at Wex. Pk.... it's worth noting that Mike O'Donovan has a large reserved parking space very close to the hospital entrance. No desperate driving round for him, or a costly parking ticket, or a longish limping walk into the hospital for treatment. Shameful and dangerous situation for Wycombe area residents. Scarletto
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Mon 19 May 14

Scarletto says...

I'm not Julia Wassail...!
I'm not Julia Wassail...! Scarletto
  • Score: 3

4:10pm Mon 19 May 14

stevet123 says...

s6blr wrote:
Mr. Baker either shut the heck up or try the run to Choke Mainlyville which is even worse and far more dangerous.

You could have man'd up and stopped a High Wycombe A&E closing, but you didn't. Don't you dare promise it coming back in your re-election game, we're wise to you now!
he did this, just after the A&E closed in wycombe he went by bus
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: Mr. Baker either shut the heck up or try the run to Choke Mainlyville which is even worse and far more dangerous. You could have man'd up and stopped a High Wycombe A&E closing, but you didn't. Don't you dare promise it coming back in your re-election game, we're wise to you now![/p][/quote]he did this, just after the A&E closed in wycombe he went by bus stevet123
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Mon 19 May 14

stevet123 says...

s6blr wrote:
Mr. Baker either shut the heck up or try the run to Choke Mainlyville which is even worse and far more dangerous.

You could have man'd up and stopped a High Wycombe A&E closing, but you didn't. Don't you dare promise it coming back in your re-election game, we're wise to you now!
he did this, just after the A&E closed in wycombe he went by bus
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: Mr. Baker either shut the heck up or try the run to Choke Mainlyville which is even worse and far more dangerous. You could have man'd up and stopped a High Wycombe A&E closing, but you didn't. Don't you dare promise it coming back in your re-election game, we're wise to you now![/p][/quote]he did this, just after the A&E closed in wycombe he went by bus stevet123
  • Score: 1

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