Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 25/10 07:55
MORE than 500 comment leaflets have been handed over to doctors in Redditch and Bromsgrove in response to their plans for the Alexandra Hospital.
The Save the Alex campaign has been collecting feedback from residents across the two areas on Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group’s draft prospectus of services.
The document sets out the intention to keep at least a 14 hour A&E department and consultant led maternity unit at the Alex and will be used in the final decision making process of the current review of hospital services.
Overall the public expressed support for the group’s plan but issues regarding transport links to Worcester and Birmingham along with capacity were prominent.
There was also strong support for allowing the Trust which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to take over the Alex.
The comments were handed over at yesterday’s meeting of the CCG’s governing body where it was also announced the deadline for responses had been extended until Friday, November 8 due to IT issues during the consultation and the publication of South Worcestershire CCG’s own draft prospectus which makes reference to the situation regarding the Alex.
Dr Jonathan Wells said they had also directly received 30 emails and every comment would be analysed and used to review their commissioning intentions.
“Thank you to Save the Alex for their hard work promoting our prospectus,” he said.
“We are a listening organisation and we do have patient engagement at our core.”
The two options for the Alex are currently being independently scrutinised by a panel of experts which is due to issue its recommendations on December 18 although an announcement is not expected until January.
Simon Hairsnape, chief officer for Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, said the expectation was the findings of the independent review panel would be made public.
Comment leaflets, which have been delivered to thousands of homes across the two towns, can still be returned to the Redditch Standard’s offices until November 8 and will be handed to the CCG ahead of the new deadline or email email@example.com to respond directly.
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