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Hospital A&E and Maternity Closures (2014)

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Accident & Emergency closures and downgrades since May 2010


1. Hammersmith, west London September 2014

2. Central Middlesex Hospital, north London, September 2014

4. Wycombe Hospital, Buckinghamshire downgraded from an emergency medical centre which took some ambulance cases to a minor injuries unit, October 2012

5. Trafford Hospital, Greater Manchester, November 2013.

6. Queen Elizabeth II, Welwyn Garden City, A&E services reduced to 12 hours a day in January 2012, with minor injuries service overnight. From Oct 1 2014, no A&E but 24-hour urgent care centre dealing with minor injuries and illnesses.

7. Queen Mary’s Sidcup, south east London, temporarily closed winter 2010, officially downgraded in October 2013

8. Cheltenham Hospital, Gloucestershire July 2013

9. St Cross Hospital, Rugby, September 2013

10. Stafford Hospital, closed overnight, December 2011.

11. Newark Hospital, Nottinghamshire, April 2011

12. Rochdale Infirmary, Greater Manchester, April 2011

13. Maidstone Hospital, Kent, September 2011

Downgrades agreed but not yet implemented:

1. Wansbeck Hospital, Northumbria, due mid 2015

2. North Tyneside Hospital, North Shields, due mid 2015

3. King George’s Hospital, Ilford, due 2015

4. Dewsbury Hospital, west Yorkshire due 2017

5. City Hospital, Birmingham, due 2017-18

6. Sandwell Hospital, Birmingham, due 2017-18


University Hospital of Hartlepool August 2011, urgent care centre opened elsewhere in the town


A&E downgrades or closures now planned or under consideration

1. Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, west Yorkshire, preferred option was to close A&E earlier this year - public consultation delayed

2. Bedford or Milton Keynes; decision on preferred option to scale back could come this month

3. North Manchester Hospital, Fairfield Hospital, and Tameside Hospitals - proposals to close emergency surgery, so A&E patients likely to require it will be diverted to more major centres

4. Two or three of four hospitals - Wythenshaw, Stepping Hill, Royal Bolton and Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan – are proposed to lose emergency surgery

5. Lincoln, Grantham and Boston hospitals, Lincolnshire; plans to reduce the number of sites with full A&E

6. Basingstoke Hospital, Hampshire and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester; proposals to centralise services – possibly at a new hospital – will be consulted on later this year

7. Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford Hospital, Shropshire – proposals under discussion could lead to loss of full A&E from one of the hospitals

8. Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, proposals still to go to public consultation, but officials seeking to downgrade to an emergency centre, with major emergencies diverted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital and an emergency centre at the Alexandra Hospital.

9. Ealing, no decision taken, timetable likely to mean changes in 2017/18, if agreed

10. Charing Cross no decision taken, timetable likely to mean changes in 2017/18, if agreed

11. In South West London, Mayday Hospital in Croydon, Kingston, St George’s in Tooting and St Helier in Sutton are all under review, which could mean the introduction of a “two-tier” system with some centres designated as “major emergency centres” while others do not take all serious cases.

The list of maternity units that have been closed, downgraded or are scheduled for downgrade shows the depth and breadth of the national crisis we are facing in maternity

Maternity closures and downgrades since May 2010

Consultant-led units closed:

1. King George’s Hospital, Ilford, March 2013

2. Chase Farm, North London, November 2013

3. Rochdale, Greater Manchester June 2011

4. Salford, Greater Manchester, November 2011, replaced with midwife-led unit which may now be closed

5. Bury, Greater Manchester, March 2012

6. Queen Mary’s Sidcup, Kent, temporary closure September 2010, became permanent October 2013

7. QEII Hospital, Welwyn, October 2011

Consultant-led units replaced by midwife-led units:

1. Sandwell Hospital, Birmingham, January 2011

2. Solihull Hospital, Birmingham, temporary closure in April 2010, midwife led unit set up in July 2010

3. Eastbourne District General Hospital, temporarily from May 2013, decision not to reopen taken in June 2014

4. Maidstone Hospital, Kent, September 2011

5. Friarage, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, consultant-led unit closed October 6, being replaced with midwife led unit

Midwife-led units closed:
1. Darley Birth Centre, Matlock, Derbyshire, July 2012

2. Corbar Birth Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire, July 2012

3. Canterbury Hospital, Kent, May 2012

4. Buckland Hospital, Dover, Kent May 2012

5. Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, near Hull closed temporarily in 2011, permanently, January 2012

6. Grantham Hospital, Lincolnshire, February 2014

7. Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, Berkshire – closed temporarily September 2011, permanently in February 2012

Maternity unit downgrades or closures now planned or under consideration
1. Bishop Auckland Hospital’s midwife-led unit, Country Durham, closed on safety grounds since July 2013, future uncertain

2. Salford Royal midwife-led unit, under review

3. North Tyneside midwife-led unit planned for closure

Proposals to replace consultant-led units with midwife led units:
1. Stafford Hospital

2. Dewsbury and District Hospital, West Yorkshire

3. Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Worcestershire

4. Bedford or Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

5. Pilgrim Hospital

6. Boston or Lincoln, Lincolnshire

7. University Hospital Lewisham

8. Ealing

9. Basingstoke

10. Royal Hampshire County, Winchester


Source: Daily Telegraph: