Hospital’s reception to close

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TWO people are facing redundancy with the confirmation this week the main reception Doddington Hospital is to close early next year.

Tracey Cooper, Assistant Director, Ambulatory Care, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “We have carried out a comprehensive review of the main reception facilities at Doddington Hospital to ensure the most effective use of resources.

“Following the review and a formal consultation with staff it was felt that there was some duplication between the main reception and the department receptions, so it has been decided to close the main reception at the hospital by February 2012.

“The department receptions located at the hospital are to remain open and we are improving signage and appointment cards to help visitors find the clinic they are attending.

“We are working with the two affected staff to look at redeployment opportunities within the Trust.”

A trust spokesman confirmed it was a cost-cutting measure but said it was inappropriate to comment on how much would be saved.

He said: “Like all NHS trusts we are having to look at saving money without impacting directly on that face to face clinician care.”

The spokesman added that a working group would be set up with staff and patients to look at ways of improving signage to ensure people will be able to find their way around the hospital.