Hospital campaigners put case to Royal College experts

By ID Saturday 30 November 2013 Updated: 05/12 11:55

EXPERTS reviewing the safety and sustainability of paediatric and maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital have met with members of the Save the Alex Campaign.

Members of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health visited the Woodrow Drive hospital last week as well as the Worcestershire Royal and Kidderminster Treatment Centre as part of a review of safety and sustainability, instigated by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT).

The visit also involved examining the options put forward as part of the current review of hospital services and as a result the panel asked to meet with the Save the Alex campaign which spent an hour presenting the public's concerns around capacity and access.

The college is not expected to report its recommendations for at least six weeks. A date for a separate visit by the Royal College of Surgeons to examine the safety of emergency surgery at the Alex amid increasing difficulties staffing rotas, has not yet been set.

The two visits are separate to the independent clinical review of the two options for the future of the Alex which is due to conclude its work in mid-December. Any public announcement is not expected until January at the earliest.

However when the panel does report it is not expected to support allowing Birmingham hospitals to run services at the Alex due to concerns about the impact it would have on the remainder of WAHT.

Mark Wake, the Trust's chief medical officer, said at a board meeting on Wednesday (November 27) the implications for the Trust under both options had been clearly set out and initial feedback had been positive.

"Our clinical teams felt they had a good hearing," he said.

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