ADMINISTRATORS have said nine out of ten patient visits will continue at Stafford Hospital if their recommendations go ahead.
A midwife-led maternity unit and small critical care unit will provide services in the county town, while a Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) will remain in Stafford to provide children with local access to an urgent assessment, under the recommendations announced by the Trust Special Administrators (TSA) this morning.
They have also said a consultant-led A&E department should stay in Stafford, open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm, and the hospital’s Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) will be enhanced to include specialist support to the frail and elderly.
Today the administrators paid tribute to all who took part in the consultations on the hospital’s future during the summer.
They spoke to more than 2,600 people during the consultation’s eight public meetings, as well as holding more than 20 staff meetings and over 80 meetings with key stakeholder groups, including MPs, the Ministry of Defence, local
authorities, local clinical commissioning groups and patient advocacy groups
Administrator Alan Bloom said “I would like to thank everyone who has helped us develop our proposals for safe and sustainable clinical services at Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals. We now have a plan for the future which has over 90 per cent of patients who currently use Stafford and Cannock hospitals, continuing to do so.
“The TSAs have been impressed by the commitment of everyone they have met and fully understand the depth of feeling people have for their local hospitals. We have amended our draft proposals to reflect a number of the most significant local concerns.
“We particularly wish to pay tribute to the dedication at the Trust staff, who have continued to deliver in difficult circumstances, and the patience of the local community who have allowed us the time we needed to arrive at the best solution”.
Fellow administrator Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, added: “The process to gain advice about the clinical services has been particularly thorough and I am most grateful to the national clinical advisory and midwives and nurses groups.
“I am delighted that faced with the possibility of the closure of the two hospitals in Stafford and Cannock Chase we have produced a model which, through clinical networking, ensures safe services on both sites. The overwhelming majority of services will continue, and in some cases, be enhanced.”