Hospitals saved from closure
Published 14 May 2012 15:30 0 Comments
HOSPITALS in Ascot, Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead will remain open, health bosses have confirmed.
Heatherwood in Ascot, Upton in Slough, St Mark's in Maidenhead and King Edward VII in Windsor are no longer under threat of clousure.
The Shaping The Future programme that is looking into the future of healthcare in east Berkshire confirmed the decision today (Monday)
The details of which services will be provided at which sites will form part of a consultation in the autumn and people will be able to hear proposals and offer their views in June and July.
Speaking about Heatherwood Charles Waddicor, chief executive of NHS Berkshire PCT which is leading Shaping The Future, said: "We thought it was important to confirm our thinking around Heatherwood at the earliest opportunity given the level of public interest in the future of the hospital.
"Although a lot of detail still needs to be worked out, we can say categorically that Heatherwood will form an important part of future healthcare provision."
The Ascot Birth Centre at the hospital closed temporarily in September and its future will be determined as part of the consultation, however Philippa Slinger, chief exec of the Trust that runs Heatherwood, has said that she is unable to operate the centre because of the low number of births that happen there.
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This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 14 May 12