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Campaigner calls hospital crash response 'a joke'
TWO people injured in road collision were taken to two separate hospitals in Slough and Aylesbury- despite the accident happening in the grounds of Wycombe Hospital.
On Tuesday there was a collision between a blue Renault Clio and a pedestrian in Queen Alexandra Road just before 1pm at the entrance to the hospital.
Save our Hospital Services campaigner, Terry Price, this week descibed the situation as "a joke".
But the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said it is the ambulance services' decision on which hospital the patient goes to.
Police spokesman Hannah Williams said a Renault Clio, which contained a driver and a passenger aged in their 80s, collided with a male pedestrian, who was in his 70s.
The pedestrian was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital with leg injuries, while the passenger of the Clio was taken to Wexham Park as a precaution, and was released the same day.
The Clio also collided with two stationary cars before the collision- a Renault Megane and a silver Vauxhall Corsa. Ms Williams said a man in his 80s has surrendered his driving license.
A Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance attended the scene, landing in the Wycombe Abbey School grounds, and airlifted the female passenger to hospital.
Mr Price, a Marlow resident, said the leg injury could have been assessed at the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit at Wycombe first, and said he believes NHS bosses are engineering services away from the town.
He added: "They are not using Wycombe Hospital to its full extent."
Queen Alexandra Road was closed while firefighters, police and ambulance services attended the scene, causing delays and traffic queues around the area. It reopened at about 3pm.
One onlooker, who did not wish to be named, said: "The area ground to a halt. They weren't letting people in or out.
"An ambulance was trying to deliver these OAPs but they couldn't take them to the door and were having to get them to cross the road- one man could barely walk and in the end someone got him a wheelchair."
Firefighters from High Wycombe Station removed the roof of the Clio to release a woman.
Wycombe Hospital staff attended the scene.
Sarah Hills, communications manager from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "Thank you to all staff at Wycombe Hospital who attended the scene of the accident as quickly as possible to help with the casualties and also to ensure the safety of other visitors and patients on our site. We were able to maintain access for emergency vehicles to our cardiac and stroke department throughout and were able to restore full access to the site very quickly."
Liberal Democrat Cllr Julia Wassell said road traffic accident patients have not been admitted to Wycombe Hospital for several years.
She said: "We clearly don't have the facility at the moment for them to go a few hundred yards to Wycombe Hospital.
"And this is something that has been reported to me on many occasions of people collapsing in town and going to a hospital in a different town. It is not a new thing.
"It is a more spectacular manifestation of the fact the facilities are elsewhere."
The urgent care system in Bucks is to be scrutinised after a campaign spearheaded by Cllr Wassell, which gained more than 16,000 names.
The review will start this month.
She added: "I do rather feel if I am in a serious road traffic accident I need to go, at the present time, where the facilities are. "Whether they should be at High Wycombe or not is subject to the review this month."
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