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Patients safety could suffer if Worcestershire lose another A&E Unit

Catherine Archer, Solicitor at Alsters Kelley LLP

Concerns over patient safety and hospital services were raised last month due to a 50 million pound shortfall the NHS faces.

The Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trusts have to save 50 million pound by 2015. Several options have been discussed to address this issue, with the majority of these options resulting in losing an A&E Unit within the Worcestershire area.

As Kidderminster Hospital is already only a minor injuries unit there is talk of closing the A&E unit at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch and turning it into a minor injuries unit as well. Meaning the Worcester Royal would be the only hospital with an A&E unit in the Worcestershire area. Patients who previously would have gone to Redditch could then possibly face a 30-mile journey to their nearest A&E unit.

Catherine Archer, Solicitor at Alsters Kelley LLP, explains the implications this decision could have on patients “If the A & E unit at the Alexandra Hospital is turned into a minor injuries unit, Worcester Royal Hospital will need to be able to cope with increased levels of A & E admissions. There will also be the unavoidable additional travel time for individuals who would have previously attended Redditch A & E now having to travel to Worcester.”

A public consultation starts in the autumn.

For more information or to speak to Catherine Archer please contact her on 0844 561 0255 or email catherine.archer@alsterskelley.com

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