A Local Health Service Fit for Purpose.

Despite overwhelming opposition from residents, doctors, businessmen and politicians from across Driffield and the Wolds, The East Riding of Yorkshire PCT now look set to finally axe the beds at the town's Alfred Bean Hospital. Latest Comments
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plook
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A Local Health Service Fit for Purpose.

Post by plook » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:33 pm

The current population of Driffield is and surrounding villages is predicted to be about 65,000 by 2028,( currently about 11,000). Is the Primary Care Trust and Local Authorities planning for population increase?

The Alfred Bean Hospital.
This population is served by a small community unit consisting of beds that are GP run and a minor Injury Unit. Support in the form of X-ray, pathology Laundry etc operated. Regular out patient clinics are held for visiting consultants. Minor injuries and outpatients services is mainly a 9-5 service . So if you break your arm say at 6pm in Driffield you have to go to Hull or Scarborough for treatment. Now this is fine if you can drive or have access to a car but if you haven’t your alternative is to dial 999. and then an ambulance will take you.

The proposed closure of the Alfred Bean Hospital would expect patients to travel to the treatment at various locations , Goole, Bridlington Hull and Scarborough. This is how the population is currently provided for and of which I feel is woefully inadequate. Closure of the Alfred Bean Hospital would make it worse.

Decentralisation
The PCT should be decentralising services by providing facilities to deal with most of the communities’ health needs and ensuring doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Dentists, Radiographers and others are provided in sufficient numbers to meet those needs. The providers of the service must go to the community not expect the community to come to them. They need to work in partnership with Local Authorities to provide support for the social needs of the population as these needs go hand in hand with health.

Proposal
An ideal situation would be to provide a totally new facility that consisted of out patients, X-ray, physiotherapy, dentistry, a day case surgical unit, consulting rooms for GP’s, , Specialists, Nursery, community wards, Health Education Centre, Rooms for Community Use, i.e., keep fit, mother and baby groups, day care for the elderly, a chemist, chiropodist, a gymnasium and pool, benefit office, child protection, psychiatry housing office, Citizens Advice Bureau, post office , rooms for providing chiropractic, reflexology, aroma therapy, health food shop, internet café, library, Ambulance Service and STD Clinic. This would create a vibrant hub providing a wellness service that would support the Local General Practitioners and the community of Driffield.

The NHS business could be linked to the Centralised Specialist Services electronically, i.e., you have your x-ray, the x-ray is electronically sent to the radiologist for comment.

In stead of the old concept of our national illness service, provide a Community for Wellness Service. This could be undertaken in partnership with the Local Authority, Local Education Service, volunteers and the 3000 people plus, that objected directly to the PCT at their proposal to close the Alfred Bean Hospital.

Location
A proposed location could be the old cattle market and some of the cost could be cloyed back by selling the Alfred Bean Site. It could be called the Alfred Bean Centre.

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Post by dbh1961 » Wed May 23, 2007 12:58 pm

What's the story behind the expected population increase? 11000 to 65000 by 2028 is frightening.

We're just about to move to Driffield, from Leeds, because we like the open space, and more relaxed way of life. It's a major financial upheaval for us, and I'd hate to see it all be for nothing, if Driffield becomes similar to what we're trying to get away from.

Driffield has a very low crime rate, by national standards, and that must, in part, be due to its rural nature.

Is there some master plan for development that we've not picked up?
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Post by plook » Wed May 23, 2007 8:06 pm

Compared to Leeds Driffield is a paradise and a nice place to live. Though the people from Leeds are great, friendly and a good sense of humour and I have lots of friends in Leeds, some parts of Leeds are horrible. I expect like any other city. The population increase is from the projected stats for the surrounding are. I will see if I can get you the reference. I don't know of any master plan for development though keep an eye out for a nuclear waste dump and wind farms and any individual that is directly responsible for increasing the population. It the fresh air you know! A main issue is access to health.
In Leeds you've got the LGI and St James, and plenty of clinics and health centres strategica1ly placed for access. In Driffield for A/E after about 18.00hrs you have to travel to Scarborough or Hull for specialist care. The GPs are great dental care difficult to access without a lottery win. The Alfred Bean Hospital has served Driffield and villages very well over the years .Driffield deserves better.

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