As part of the recent Clinical Services Review the NHS’s Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has, this week, proposed that the Royal Bournemouth Hospital be designed the Dorset’s main Accident and Emergency Department.
Under such proposals Poole Hospital, which is currently the Major Incident Centre for East Dorset, would only retain very limited Accident and Emergency Facilities and would focus on planned care (such as pre planned surgical procedures). As a result, if such plans went ahead, all major emergencies would be sent to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
It is further understood that if such Emergency Facilities were removed from Poole Hospital, as planned, Poole Hospital’s existing Maternity and Paediatric Departments would also be relocated to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
James Braund, Senior Associate in Trethowans LLP’s Personal Injury Team and based in the Poole Office, states that “There is a lot of strong feeling in Poole and the surrounding area against this proposal. A number of online petitions against the proposal have been launched with over 50,000 signatures being received in around 5 days. Geographically speaking this move would leave a lot of people, particularly on the western side of Poole and beyond with a considerably longer journey to get to a major Accident and Emergency Department, when time is not often a luxury many people requiring such treatment have.”