The battle is continuing to save services at a Berkshire hospital. Proposals have been made to relocate some parts of Heatherwood Hospital including the maternity unit and rehabilitation ward for stroke patients.
Campaigners are planning a march today calling for a stop to the cuts which could be implemented by next January.
A hospital could be demolished and a birthing centre closed for good under plans announced today by health managers in Berkshire. Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot would be replaced by a new surgical centre for minor operations in Bracknell. Local people are being consulted. Helen Plint reports.
Under ideas being put out for public consideration today Heatherwood hospital would be demolished and replaced with a new updated surgical hospital. The new hospital would only deal with non-urgent, planned surgery, while all emergencies and accidents would be treated at Wexham Park in Slough.
"A full public consultation onsuggested improvements and changes to health services in east Berkshire is planned to startin autumn 2012. Before then we want to share our developing ideas and get feedback onthem to help us shape the final proposals.”
– Charles Waddicor, Chief Executive of NHS Berkshire
Other ideas include the permanent closure of the Ascot Birthing Centre and minor injuries moving to an Urgent Care Centre in Bracknell.