Keep East Peckham Branch Surgery Open
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In view of the impending decision of an NHS England Panel regarding the proposed closure of the East Peckham Branch Surgery, Woodlands Health Centre has received nearly 200 representations from local patients and highlight the strength of feeling in the village. East Peckham Parish Council has also received many letters from residents expressing disappointment that this decision may be taken and this view has been echoed by Tom Tugendhat MP, Parish Councillors, Borough Councillors and our County Councillor. as well as many other village groups.
East Peckham is a rural community which relies on its local services. It is three miles to the nearest rural service centre, it is not served by a rail connection and has only one bus an hour travelling through the village. furthermore over 600 residents in East Peckham are not in good health and rely on having a local surgery the most. Taking this facility away will damage the lives of those patients who rely on a local surgery the most, particularly with transport to nearby alternatives difficult. We have estimated that it could take up to two and a half hours to attend an appointment in Paddock Wood and that is if buses and appointments run on time. Not everyone in our rural community have their own transport or can rely on lifts into Paddock Wood. Taxis could also be cost prohibitive.
I urge you to sign the petition so that East Peckham Parish Council can put pressure on the NHS England Panel to make the best decision in the interests of patients. The short timescale between the announcement of consultation and possible closure has left no time for patients to find alternatives.
East Peckham Parish Council is also yet to be satisfied that every possible avenue has been explored to keep the branch surgery open. In light of the short timescale, any decision to close East Peckham branch surgery will be premature and will satisfy neither the Parish Council or patients.
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