Protect Wycombe Hospital Land
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With its transport links, central location and historical significance as a memorial to the Great War, the location of Wycombe Hospital on Queen Alexandra Road must be safe guarded.
We ask you to remove paragraph 5.1.139 which puts the hospital at risk of redevelopment and is in conflict with adopted policy HWTC11 which states ‘2. Any redevelopment or partial redevelopment proposals on this site should: Maintain Wycombe Hospital on the site for the long-term.’
The location of Wycombe Hospital is vital for the town. It is close to the train and bus stations making this of key importance for patients and their families from the town and neighbouring villages, as well as staff. It is close to the M40 and A404 / M4 via Marlow Hill, and to the town centre. It also has historical relevance. The land was given to the people of the town as a memorial to the Great War and should be used for its intended purpose – as a hospital.
Thousands have backed petitions calling for funding, a return of key services (1) and hospital downgrades to stop (2). The Save Wycombe Hospital campaign has had regional support and support from politicians, celebrities and staff.
Since the downgrades at Wycombe hospital, which began in 2005, many people have suffered.
Neighbouring hospitals Stoke Mandeville and Wexham Park have been overwhelmed, with both having been in ‘special measures’ and ‘black status’ in recent years.
A recent report from the BBC (3) showed that our hospitals are already under pressure with the current population. Targets are not being met in A&E waiting times, Cancer care, and Planned operations and care.
Thousands of new homes have been planned for Buckinghamshire however the present infrastructure isn’t coping.
HS2 construction will make an already difficult journey to Stoke Mandeville more congested. In 2014 the main route to Stoke was flooded. In 2013 a fire at Stoke Mandeville hospital, whilst dealt with quickly, demonstrated a flaw in mass centralisation of services.
A town the size of High Wycombe, deserves services here, not only for our benefit, but for all those around us.
A minor injuries unit/urgent care centre and midwife-led birthing centre, is not sufficient to sustain a population of over 170,000 situated close to the motorway. Chiltern CCG commission services for over 320,000 people and yet within that we don’t have many resources including an A&E, Dr-led births or overnight children’s services.
There have been some reports of patients dying, considered to be due to the distance to Stoke Mandeville and ambulance waits. All of this before the proposed growth in housing. Wycombe doesn’t have the infrastructure for the increase in population. The hospital site must be safeguarded for when common sense prevails.
Residents are very much calling for the return of a fully functioning hospital to the Queen Alexandra road site and any loss of land for hospital services here would be completely unacceptable. The paragraph in the local plan would open up the site for redevelopment and must be removed.
(3) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41483322 (Oct 2017)
Reference Wycombe District Local Plan (Regulation 19) Publication version – paragraph 5.1.139
- Wycombe District Council
Planning Policy Team
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