Plan needed for Wisbech hospital

MP Steve Barclay at the health summit
MP Steve Barclay at the health summit
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Health chiefs have agreed a plan is needed to ensure the best use of North Cambs Hospital.

Better use of the hospital site at Wisbech was one of the topics discussed at the health summit organised by MP Steve Barclay as part of his Treat Me Local campaign to improve health services in Fenland.

The summit, held at the South Fens Business Centre, was attended by NHS bosses including Andrew Reed, area director for NHS England, Maureen Donnelly chairman of the Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Liz Robyn, director of Public Health Cambs County Council, and also a number of GPs.

Mr Reed agreed there was a need to see more provision at North Cambs Hospital and would be pursuing a number of the ideas flagged up during the two-hour discussions.

Mrs Donnelly said the summit would act as a catalyst to stimulate changes that would see improvements to Fenland and East Cambridgeshire health services and agreed a plan was needed to ensure best use of the North Cambs Hospital site.

Mr Barclay said: “We have looked at practical solutions on how we can improve many aspects of health care, including a single point of access for dementia carers, whether we can combine out of hours doctors with the minor injuries units, and having intravenous therapies administered within the community.

“It has been a very positive meeting and I hope those responsible for providing health care in our area will come back with plans on how they are going to improve the services offered in our area.”

Two of the 10 points of Mr Barclay’s campaign – bereavement counselling and health trainers for Chatteris, Manea and Doddington surgeries – have already seen success.

Cruse Bereavement Care has re-launched its service in Fenland after it was suspended at the start of the year due to a lack of volunteers in the area.

However, more volunteers have now been found and are due to start a training course early in the new year with up to six places being funded by a donation of £1,500 secured by Mr Barclay from Tesco as compensation for failing to open the Chatteris store this autumn.

Health trainers are set to be provided in the south of Fenland from April when a new contract begins.

Dr Robyn explained they are currently going through a tendering process for health trainer provision and the aim is to include Chatteris, Manea and Doddington, along with surgeries already benefiting from the service in Wisbech, March and Whittlesey, in the new contract.