Vital beds are under threat at Buckingham Community Hospital in proposals shrouded in secrecy. Buckingham Labour will do all we can to support the campaign to stop the cuts and keep the beds at our community hospital.
Vital Service Under Threat
Buckingham Community Hospital provides care for patients who may need rehabilitation prior to being discharged home, but this vital service is now under threat in changes being considered by the Buckinghamshire Health Care Trust. The threat is real, yet shrouded in secrecy as Buckinghamshire Health Care Trust refuse to confirm or deny that beds at the hospital will be cut.
The beds provide a crucial ‘step up service’ where patients are admitted from home for a short period by GPs from the community, and the staff work closely with the community nursing team. This vital service helps support people in their homes and relieves strain on acute care services at the main hospitals.
It’s not just the beds that may be in jeopardy by these undisclosed possible changes – it’s also the other services that are provided in easy reach of the town centre. Shifting these to the new Lace Hill facility may be “better” from a purely medical point of view, but this will make them far more difficult to access by many in the area served.
The community hospital is part of our local community and in the last Quality Care Commission report patients were “very satisfied” with the care they were receiving.
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