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Heatherwood hospital units closure to be reviewed

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.

Service cuts at Heatherwood Hospital to be reviewed

Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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Heatherwood Hospital improvements

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.