Council insists it is continuing to support Braintree Community Hospital

Braintree and Witham Times: Council insists it is continuing to support Braintree Community Hospital Council insists it is continuing to support Braintree Community Hospital

A council insists it will continue to support Braintree Community Hospital after calls for it to take a more proactive role.

Several patients have expressed concerns about the future of the Chadwick Drive hospital since Serco announced it wanted to cut short its contract with Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to run the hospital by three months, to December 2014.

It said it expected to post large financial losses and claimed referral levels had not improved as hoped.

Chris Green, chairman of the Friends of Braintree Community Hospital, said there simply weren’t enough patients coming through the door and questioned whether the trend could be reversed.

In a written question to Braintree Council, councillor Celia Shute asked: “Shouldn't Braintree Council act as a champion of the people and defend the services currently provided by Braintree Community Hospital?”

In response, councillor Jo Beavis, cabinet member for people and participation, said: “The council has supported Braintree Community Hospital since its inception and will continue to do so.

“The council has recently met with the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG), who commission the services provided at the hospital.

"It has been confirmed that the current contract is ending early and the MECCG is working now to put in place new management arrangements with the aim of making the hospital a more vibrant local facility, providing the right and appropriate services to local people.

“It is also recognised that this relies on local doctors referring patients to the hospital and local people using and supporting it.”

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3:19pm Sun 23 Feb 14

btownborn says...

Braintree Community Hospital is already a vibrant, local facility offering good local services. It is just unfortunate that the local GP's in the area do not refer patients there due to their lack of understanding of what services the hospital provides. The hospital is a state of the art facility which is currently a white elephant in the area, such a shame that tax payers money is being squandered due to lack of support. As for the council supporting the hospital I think they are sadly deluded. There has been no evidence of the council supporting, not even a road sign pointing to the hospital!!

The current hospital management has fulfilled its obligations and has received glowing reports from both CQC and patient groups. The hospital isn't the problem it has simply been ignored by local GP's.

The hospital is a credit to local people and those working in it.
Braintree Community Hospital is already a vibrant, local facility offering good local services. It is just unfortunate that the local GP's in the area do not refer patients there due to their lack of understanding of what services the hospital provides. The hospital is a state of the art facility which is currently a white elephant in the area, such a shame that tax payers money is being squandered due to lack of support. As for the council supporting the hospital I think they are sadly deluded. There has been no evidence of the council supporting, not even a road sign pointing to the hospital!! The current hospital management has fulfilled its obligations and has received glowing reports from both CQC and patient groups. The hospital isn't the problem it has simply been ignored by local GP's. The hospital is a credit to local people and those working in it. btownborn

7:11pm Sun 23 Feb 14

bexy123 says...

Thank You for your last comment especially, "The hospital is a credit to local people and those working in it." Your comment is very much appreciated :)
Thank You for your last comment especially, "The hospital is a credit to local people and those working in it." Your comment is very much appreciated :) bexy123

10:46am Mon 24 Feb 14

pierre-pierre says...

pity you two dont even know about the hospital


"As for the council supporting the hospital I think they are sadly deluded. There has been no evidence of the council supporting, not even a road sign pointing to the hospital!!"

there is and has been for a long time a large sign on the corner of Chadwick Drive and Rayne road
the first line is Braintree Community Hospital
The Second if St Michels

and in red at the bottom, this Hospital does not have an Emergency Hospital
pity you two dont even know about the hospital "As for the council supporting the hospital I think they are sadly deluded. There has been no evidence of the council supporting, not even a road sign pointing to the hospital!!" there is and has been for a long time a large sign on the corner of Chadwick Drive and Rayne road the first line is Braintree Community Hospital The Second if St Michels and in red at the bottom, this Hospital does not have an Emergency Hospital pierre-pierre

7:33pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bexy123 says...

I do know about the hospital Pierre-Pierre because I work there in Out Patients. I commented on the fact someone mentioned about the staff working there. We have lots of clinics in outpatients & we work really hard, I was late home tonight due to clinics over running, but guess what I don't mind. You never know what is coming through the door & if you have to spend extra time with a patient because its needed we do so. Your always criticising the hospital, we help a lot of people every day whom I presume appreciate our effort.
I do know about the hospital Pierre-Pierre because I work there in Out Patients. I commented on the fact someone mentioned about the staff working there. We have lots of clinics in outpatients & we work really hard, I was late home tonight due to clinics over running, but guess what I don't mind. You never know what is coming through the door & if you have to spend extra time with a patient because its needed we do so. Your always criticising the hospital, we help a lot of people every day whom I presume appreciate our effort. bexy123

2:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

pierre-pierre says...

I speak from personal contact
My wife used to go to the BCH for heart failure out pationts, that has now been transferred to St Michaels, and she also went to the Physio clinic

I had two operations for Carpel Tunnel, one was a failure and I then had to go tob Broomfiled for a full operation under general anesthetic, they had now knowledge of the treatment I had at BCH

I have recently had a hip Xray at the Immaging centre, referred by my Doctor
done within 30 minutes of referral, but why does it take four days to get the result back?, Broomfield gets the results back to outpatients before you can walk there.
And Bexy, you did not say about the very large direction sign that was commented on in the first post
And
I speak from personal contact My wife used to go to the BCH for heart failure out pationts, that has now been transferred to St Michaels, and she also went to the Physio clinic I had two operations for Carpel Tunnel, one was a failure and I then had to go tob Broomfiled for a full operation under general anesthetic, they had now knowledge of the treatment I had at BCH I have recently had a hip Xray at the Immaging centre, referred by my Doctor done within 30 minutes of referral, but why does it take four days to get the result back?, Broomfield gets the results back to outpatients before you can walk there. And Bexy, you did not say about the very large direction sign that was commented on in the first post And pierre-pierre

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