Day: 27 July 2015

So who knew about the imminent closure of Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital? Very few it seems

Tracey Huffer, councillor for Ludlow South, has updated me on this morning’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee meeting at Shirehall. None of us knew before the weekend that Ludlow’s Stretton Ward is to close at the end of this week. Tracey asked an urgent question at the meeting about what was happening and who knew about it. What she learnt was that almost no one had foreknowledge of the plans – not even the people who fund Ludlow Hospital.

“Beginning of the end” for Ludlow Hospital as Stretton Ward is closed without consultation

Local GPs are fearing for the future of Ludlow hospital after health chiefs decided to shut Stretton Ward at seven days’ notice. This will reduce patient’s privacy, block plans to create a dementia friendly bay, and end proposals to provide blood transfusions and intravenous antibiotics in Ludlow. The GPs are also worried that the move will lead to a shortage of hospital beds next winter. They say the move is the beginning of the end for Ludlow hospital. I think this is truly shocking news. Councillor Tracy Huffer agrees and says: I can’t understand this decision. They have already closed Whitcliffe Ward. With the closure of Stretton, we are going to lose a lot of services and add to the inevitable bed crisis next winter. There is a meeting of Shropshire’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee today [Monday]. I will be asking the Clinical Commissioning Group to explain just what on earth is going on and why this decision was made at short notice and without consultation.

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