Video. After months of protests by campaigners against cuts at one of our hospitals, the Health Secretary and West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of the plans.
NHS bosses announced the closure of the minor injuries unit, birth centre and stroke ward at Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire earlier this year. From Ascot, Mel Bloor reports.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an independent review of cuts to services at Ascot's Heatherwood Hospital.
A review panel will examine a decision to close the minor injury unit, birthing unit and rehabilitation ward.
Mr Hunt will meet with Windsor MP Adam Afriyie at Westminster today.
Strong protests from the council, health staff and local residents saw 3,000 people sign a petition against the the proposal.
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.
Other ideas include the permanent closure of the Ascot Birthing Centre and minor injuries moving to an Urgent Care Centre in Bracknell.