Day: 28 July 2015

Thursday night – urgent public meeting on Ludlow Hospital ward closure on amid fears the hospital could close

There seems to be only one topic in Ludlow at the moment. Last Friday, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust announced that the current Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital will close. Since then, there has been a whirlwind of comment online and in the media. People are scared that this move presages the closure of our hospital. It’s hard to pinpoint the truth about what’s happening. Why was no one consulted? Is the change permanent? Has the number of beds been reduced? Is Stretton Ward actually being closed? Not according to the Community Health Trust, which says Stretton and Dinham are simply joining together. It’s all about patient safety. The Clinical Commissioning Group – the body that provides the cash for Ludlow Hospital – seems happy with the move. But I can speak for councillors across the Ludlow area in saying that our phones have not stopped since the community learnt of this decision on Sunday. Our email inboxes have been flooded. Ludlow Town Council last night voted to oppose the closure of Stretton Ward. They have joined with Shropshire Council’s Local Joint Committee to host a meeting to get all parties together to find out what is happening and discuss…

Read more…
Thursday night – urgent public meeting on Ludlow Hospital ward closure on amid fears the hospital could close

There seems to be only one topic in Ludlow at the moment. Last Friday, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust announced that the current Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital will close. Since then, there has been a whirlwind of comment online and in the media. People are scared that this move presages the closure of our hospital. It’s hard to pinpoint the truth about what’s happening. Why was no one consulted? Is the change permanent? Has the number of beds been reduced? Is Stretton Ward actually being closed? Not according to the Community Health Trust, which says Stretton and Dinham are simply joining together. It’s all about patient safety. The Clinical Commissioning Group – the body that provides the cash for Ludlow Hospital – seems happy with the move. But I can speak for councillors across the Ludlow area in saying that our phones have not stopped since the community learnt of this decision on Sunday. Our email inboxes have been flooded. Ludlow Town Council last night voted to oppose the closure of Stretton Ward. They have joined with Shropshire Council’s Local Joint Committee to host a meeting to get all parties together to find out what is happening and discuss…

Read more…

Update: 31 July 2015 The petition has now closed with 2,666 signatures. That’s a really great response in just a few days. It shows how passionate people are about our town. Main article: 28 July 2015 Please sign the petition to reverse the decision to close the Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital and share it with friends. The shock decision to close one of two remaining wards at Ludlow hospital is reverberating around Ludlow and South Shropshire. People are angry that Stretton Ward is being closed at just one weeks’ notice without consultation. But mostly they are angry that the ward is being closed at all. It will reduce the number of beds available in Ludlow from 40 to 24, despite the hospital having 97% bed occupancy last January (and last winter was a mild winter without a major flu outbreak). Residents quite rightly see the closure as an autocratic move by a largely unaccountable NHS trust. They are spot on in saying that this move is a bad omen for the future of Ludlow hospital.

Update: 31 July 2015 The petition has now closed with 2,666 signatures. That’s a really great response in just a few days. It shows how passionate people are about our town. Main article: 28 July 2015 Please sign the petition to reverse the decision to close the Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital and share it with friends. The shock decision to close one of two remaining wards at Ludlow hospital is reverberating around Ludlow and South Shropshire. People are angry that Stretton Ward is being closed at just one weeks’ notice without consultation. But mostly they are angry that the ward is being closed at all. It will reduce the number of beds available in Ludlow from 40 to 24, despite the hospital having 97% bed occupancy last January (and last winter was a mild winter without a major flu outbreak). Residents quite rightly see the closure as an autocratic move by a largely unaccountable NHS trust. They are spot on in saying that this move is a bad omen for the future of Ludlow hospital.

Back to top