We must keep up pressure for A&E

PUBLISHED: 11:22 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:40 06 May 2010

The Lister Hospital is centrally situated and is located close to the A1(M) which allows for easy and fast access. It has for me been a blessing on several occasions and for the A&E section to be demoted or done away with would be the cause of many a lost

The Lister Hospital is centrally situated and is located close to the A1(M) which allows for easy and fast access. It has for me been a blessing on several occasions and for the A&E section to be demoted or done away with would be the cause of many a lost life. The paramedics who operate from the A&E are first class and you only have to speak to them to realise how important the sighting of such a unit is. Every effort must be made to preserve the existing unit.

A&E units should be centrally placed serviced by good roads and within easy reach.

I assume that if the Lister A&E were to close either Welwyn Garden City or Hatfield would cater for the needs of Hitchin, Letchworth and the immediate area which would mean considerable travelling some of which would be on unsuitable roads.

Mr and Mrs T C TOLLAFIELD, Tudor Court, Hitchin

* I write to support the Lister Hospital because.

A) It is close to the motorway/links to London

B) It is close to large expanding conurbation areas, such as Hitchin, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City.

C) It has a maternity ward purpose built, with up to date facilities

D) Any accident or emergency can be treated within minutes of North Hertfordshire.

I would like to list additional funds which would be guaranteed for all hospitals throughout the country to keep the wards/hospitals open, which are:

1) National insurance rates should be index linked to income, the higher the income, the higher percentage to pay

2) All prescriptions should be subsidised by 50 per cent only or free prescriptions for the elderly, students, very low income families, disabled and unemployed.

3) National lottery money could be used

4) Wards of hospitals could be sponsored by companies' discreet adverts.

5) Solar power panels could be fixed to the roofs of hospitals to generate hot water and electricity.

6) Front entrances of hospital walls could be rented out to local artists to brighten up the walls.

7) Doctors and nurses could be sponsored.

8) Use different insurance companies to give public liability insurance.

9) Let hospitals run raffles/lottery fund raising events.

10) Financial ombudsmen responsible for each county, reporting to the health secretary/minister to oversee that administrators/managers are kept to the minimum. All funds are used appropriately, not on worthless statues of art which are positioned outside the hospital.

11) Better deals with drug companies, ie cheaper drugs.

To conclude, a patient badly haemorrhaging needs a large amount of blood and stitches and the appropriate medicine metaphorically speaking for the NHS service to survive. The medicine may be very unpalatable/unpleasant but has to be administered. The dynamics of the NHS has changed enormously since its inception in the late 1940s. The cost of operations, staff and medicine keeps rising and as a nation we must keep up with the costs!

PAUL GREELY, East View, St Ippolyts

* It is essential that Lister Hospital A&E be kept open.

It is the only logical choice of location, it is at the hub of the community it serves, there is ample room for expansion, it can even be seen from long distances and above all it has excellent nursing, surgical, and consulting staff, and not least a very experienced A&E department

J PARKER, Baldock

* I have a son aged 19 years who has epilepsy and a learning disability. Last week my son, Matthew, had an epileptic fit and was rushed to the Lister Hospital A&E in an ambulance. The doctor, nurses and paramedics were wonderful. Matthew was in hospital for five days, if we had had to go all the way to QEII A&E, I do not think my son would be here today.

I have signed the petition and I urge others to do so.

Mrs M DEIGHTON, Kestrel Walk, Letchworth GC


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