Dr Phillip Lee staging 'super hospital' meeting in High Wycombe

'Super hospital' meeting in High Wycombe

'Super hospital' meeting in High Wycombe

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GP politician Phillip Lee is set to travel to High Wycombe next week to present his radical plans for a regional Thames Valley ‘super hospital’.

The Conservative MP for Bracknell has already held a meeting in Marlow, where his proposals for a new hospital at Junction 8/9 of the M4 motorway were generally well received.

Dr Lee’s plans are likely to prove more controversial in Wycombe, as they include the closure and sale of parts of the town’s hospital site.

But some campaigners believe the proposals offer a better option for patients – many of whom now face a trip to Stoke Mandeville or Wexham Park for key services such as A&E and maternity.

At the Marlow meeting, Dr Lee said the hospital set-up in the Thames Valley area is ‘unfit for the 21st century’ and a broader strategy is required to design and organise services for the region.

Buckinghamshire hospital chiefs have not been supportive of the plans - saying there should be a strong, independent hospital within the county.

Dr Graz Luzzi, medical director of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said at a recent meeting: “It would be a considerable financial challenge and its nothing other than a proposal and another set of ideas.

“To me it’s a sort of 20 or 30 year idea if it gets of the ground.... We would clearly want to preserve the future of our hospital system.”

The High Wycombe meeting is at The Hub, which is part of the Union Baptist Church on Easton Street, on Thursday, November 8 at 7.30pm.

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9:01am Mon 29 Oct 12

Darren Hayday says...

This weekend I drove from Wycombe to John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington.

I think that this would be the preferred hospital for taking my family to in the event of an accident - still a very long way from Wycombe - but then again - what choice do any of us have?

A Tory MP is going to tell us how well off that we all are going to be to have a new super hospital possibly built in Berkshire - in perhaps 5 years time? 10 years time?

How about bringing back our lost services back to Wycombe?
This weekend I drove from Wycombe to John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington. I think that this would be the preferred hospital for taking my family to in the event of an accident - still a very long way from Wycombe - but then again - what choice do any of us have? A Tory MP is going to tell us how well off that we all are going to be to have a new super hospital possibly built in Berkshire - in perhaps 5 years time? 10 years time? How about bringing back our lost services back to Wycombe? Darren Hayday
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9:25am Mon 29 Oct 12

Stalemate says...

Most in Wycombe feel that the hospital is being closed by stealth.

The future of Wycombe hospital is not determined by genuine public consultation, but by seedy goings-on behind the scenes.
Most in Wycombe feel that the hospital is being closed by stealth. The future of Wycombe hospital is not determined by genuine public consultation, but by seedy goings-on behind the scenes. Stalemate
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10:10am Mon 29 Oct 12

Darren Hayday says...

Stalemate wrote:
Most in Wycombe feel that the hospital is being closed by stealth.

The future of Wycombe hospital is not determined by genuine public consultation, but by seedy goings-on behind the scenes.
This is spot on!
[quote][p][bold]Stalemate[/bold] wrote: Most in Wycombe feel that the hospital is being closed by stealth. The future of Wycombe hospital is not determined by genuine public consultation, but by seedy goings-on behind the scenes.[/p][/quote]This is spot on! Darren Hayday
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11:33am Mon 29 Oct 12

QualityCare4all says...

There was a consultation. But nobody listened to the views of the public. It was a token gesture only as they did what they wanted to do not what the public wanted them to do. The Hopsital and PCT will claim they did undertake a consultation and have the report to prove it.

What they shouldhave done is talke dot the public before they developed the proposals. But whenever did they do anything properly!

the trouble is its now too late.
There was a consultation. But nobody listened to the views of the public. It was a token gesture only as they did what they wanted to do not what the public wanted them to do. The Hopsital and PCT will claim they did undertake a consultation and have the report to prove it. What they shouldhave done is talke dot the public before they developed the proposals. But whenever did they do anything properly! the trouble is its now too late. QualityCare4all
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2:58pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Scarletto says...

I'm sadly upset that more people have not taken up the protest case against the run down of the A&E dept at Wycombe and the possibly life threatening switch to A&E far away in Aylesbury. Just a few letters in the BFP.
Many people will face distress and extra pain, and possibly death, by having to go to Stoke Mandeville now over long and winding roads. The dept. there is already too much under pressure at some times in the week. Wexham Park is the same.
They've reduced our 999 health cover and pocketed the money saved.
I'm sadly upset that more people have not taken up the protest case against the run down of the A&E dept at Wycombe and the possibly life threatening switch to A&E far away in Aylesbury. Just a few letters in the BFP. Many people will face distress and extra pain, and possibly death, by having to go to Stoke Mandeville now over long and winding roads. The dept. there is already too much under pressure at some times in the week. Wexham Park is the same. They've reduced our 999 health cover and pocketed the money saved. Scarletto
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5:40pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Odbyt says...

Just look at the condition of the original block of Wycombe General and ask yourself, is there really much serviceable life left in the building? My guess is that there is not and there is a need to close the site in favour of a new building either on the same site or in a new location.
The hospital as we know it has stood since in the early 1960’s. Rumour has it the concrete was made with the wrong grade sand and therefore has a limited life. I have tried researching this claim but have failed to find any evidence other than hearsay. If anyone can elaborate on this please do so as I would like to know if there is any truth behind this. The only evidence I can see is that of stealth for reasons not yet explained.
High Wycombe is too large to not have a hospital offering a wide range of services we all expect and pay for. Stoke Mandeville is far from convenient to travel to especially along the winding A4010 or for those reliant on public transport. John Radcliffe is a viable alternative as long as you are able to make the trip there yourself as you will not taken in an emergency by ambulance.
Just look at the condition of the original block of Wycombe General and ask yourself, is there really much serviceable life left in the building? My guess is that there is not and there is a need to close the site in favour of a new building either on the same site or in a new location. The hospital as we know it has stood since in the early 1960’s. Rumour has it the concrete was made with the wrong grade sand and therefore has a limited life. I have tried researching this claim but have failed to find any evidence other than hearsay. If anyone can elaborate on this please do so as I would like to know if there is any truth behind this. The only evidence I can see is that of stealth for reasons not yet explained. High Wycombe is too large to not have a hospital offering a wide range of services we all expect and pay for. Stoke Mandeville is far from convenient to travel to especially along the winding A4010 or for those reliant on public transport. John Radcliffe is a viable alternative as long as you are able to make the trip there yourself as you will not taken in an emergency by ambulance. Odbyt
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7:50pm Mon 29 Oct 12

ivor says...

I'm surprised anyone could be as insensitive as to come to Wycombe and propose part/all of our hospital is closed.
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Let's hope the gentleman doesn't have an accident while he is in Wycombe after all it's a long way to Stoke Mandeville....
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Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.
I'm surprised anyone could be as insensitive as to come to Wycombe and propose part/all of our hospital is closed. ~ Let's hope the gentleman doesn't have an accident while he is in Wycombe after all it's a long way to Stoke Mandeville.... ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page. ivor
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10:47am Tue 30 Oct 12

stevet123 says...

This Doctor Lee, fine to suggest a new hospital at the Junction 8/9 of the M4, but if the idea goes a head the A404 needs to be addressed, the length from Handy cross to A4 needs to be widened and also the Bisham Roubdabout needs to be a bridge or underpass. as to what they done at Wycombe closed services down moved them to Stoke Manderville, with out looking into transport links, typical tory employed think tanks as all they are interested is there salary at the end of the day and move on to another project,
This Doctor Lee, fine to suggest a new hospital at the Junction 8/9 of the M4, but if the idea goes a head the A404 needs to be addressed, the length from Handy cross to A4 needs to be widened and also the Bisham Roubdabout needs to be a bridge or underpass. as to what they done at Wycombe closed services down moved them to Stoke Manderville, with out looking into transport links, typical tory employed think tanks as all they are interested is there salary at the end of the day and move on to another project, stevet123
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