Public meeting on future of Cossham Hospital

cossham picA public meeting will take place in Kingswood later this month for people concerned about the future of urgent care services at Cossham Hospital.

It will be held on Thursday 27th February at 2.30pm at New Cheltenham Hall on New Cheltenham Road and will be followed in March by a further meeting to build the campaign and raise awareness.

Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Kingswood, met members of the Save Cossham Hospital residents’ group yesterday to agree plans for the public meeting.

Last week she launched a petition to make sure residents have their say over the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) promised to local people at Cossham Hospital. The petition calls on the NHS to honour the commitment made in 2005 and 2009.

Health chiefs are thinking of using the accommodation set aside for the MIU as the base for a rapid assessment service for frail, elderly patients.

Members of the Save Cossham Hospital group, including leader Reg Bennett, have already signed the petition. At the meeting yesterday the group also committed to helping with street stalls and door knocking to get as many people as possible signed up.

 

The meeting on 27th February will help organise the next steps of the campaign. People who might be interested in speaking at the next South Gloucestershire Council meeting at which the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group will be present  (12th March) are urged to attend.

Jo also met local NHS managers on Wednesday to feed back resident’s concerns and get an update on the situation. The Clinical Commissioning Group programme director said that no decision had been made and that they are keen to hear local people’s views.