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Dr Phillip Lee MP’s proposal for a new Thames Valley “super hospital”


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On Friday night, I attended a meeting in Marlow, with people from Marlow Bottom in my constituency, to discuss proposals from Dr Phillip Lee MP for a new Thames Valley super-hospital near Maidenhead. His proposals may be found here: PDF. Dr Lee’s courageous ideas would be a massive departure from NHS plans. The NHS intends a network of services across the region’s existing hospitals. Dr Lee wants a major new hub near Maidenhead surrounded by community hospitals, including in Wycombe. It is […]

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Memory Services in Wycombe


Earlier this year, in recognition of Dementia Awareness Week and at the request of the Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, I wrote to the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to request information about memory clinics in our area. Specifically I asked for the names and addresses of memory services in Wycombe and their waiting times, whether the services had been accredited by the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme, and how these services are assisting dementia suffers in Wycombe. Memory […]

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Discussing Better Healthcare in Bucks with the Secretary of State for Health


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As the Bucks Free Press reports, on Wednesday I took campaigners from the cross-party Save Our Hospital Services group to see Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health. We wanted someone to examine events in Wycombe to see that the Lansley criteria for change had been met, to examine the effectiveness of consultations and to ensure local managers achieve Foundation Trust status for improved accountability. Mr Lansley committed the Department appropriately. More news via the BFP next week, when we […]

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Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation: The local NHS response


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The NHS in Buckinghamshire has given its response to the Better Healthcare in Bucks public consultation. The headline breakthrough is that the Board reviewed public feedback and decided that the new minor injuries and illness service in Wycombe must be available 24/7 to meet the needs of patients out of hours. New services have also been agreed: Day assessment unit for older/frail people at Wycombe Hospital to allow them to be diagnosed and treated without overnight admission to hospital; Step-down ward for […]

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County Council stands up for Buckinghamshire’s hospitals and patients’ interests


County Councillors approved an important Health motion, after a strong and at times heated debate, at their full County Council yesterday (Thursday 26 April). The Motion, as passed, demanded that the future of Buckinghamshire’s Acute hospitals is safeguarded. This was in response to the changes proposed in Buckinghamshire NHS Trust’s ‘Better Healthcare in Buckinghamshire’ consultation. The Motion comes after the Council responded to the consultation, which ran from January to April 2012, with a number of concerns and issues which […]

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Wycombe Hospital CEO responds to my bus trip to Stoke Mandeville


After my bus trip from High Wycombe to Stoke Mandeville hospital, I wrote to Anne Eden, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, outlining my reflections on the journey. Here are elements of Ms. Eden’s reply: Improving the transport infrastructure within the county requires cooperation between many organisations not least the County Council, Highways Agency and local commercial providers and we are working closely with all three partners to improve access to our hospitals regardless of the Better Healthcare in […]

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A tempestuous hospital consultation meeting yesterday


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The consultation meeting yesterday about changes to local health service affecting Wycombe Hospital brought doctors making the proposals and concerned residents face to face.  That there were around 100 members of the general public present — which was significantly more than at other similar meetings in the county — and showed how high feelings are  running about the future of our hospital. I made it clear that what local people wanted was the return of A&E and full maternity provision to Wycombe Hospital, and there […]

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Wycombe Hospital consultation meeting today


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Wycombe’s Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation meeting is today from 10:00 to 13:00 in the King’s Centre on Desborough Road. I’ll be there and I hope the meeting will be well-attended by local people.

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Coming up: Wycombe’s Better Healthcare in Bucks Consultation


Tomorrow, there will be a Better Healthcare in Buckinghamshire consultation meeting in High Wycombe at 10am at the King’s Centre on Desborough Road. I’ll be there and I hope to be joined by the many people who care passionately about our local health services.

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Exploring the bus route from High Wycombe to Stoke Mandeville hospital


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This morning, I took the number 300 from High Wycombe bus station to Stoke Mandeville hospital, as if for a 10 am outpatient’s appointment or a visit to an inpatient. Via the Arriva site: Stoke Mandeville Hospital is now easily reached by two services making it easy to reach for meetings, work or appointments. Well, Arriva put on a good bus, but the experience at Stoke Mandeville left a lot to be desired. Add a bus journey in High Wycombe […]

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