Open letter to the health authorities from Lib Dem Councillor and health professional T racey Huffer
It's come to my attention that MIU at Ludlow Hospital as now been closed for three days due to staff shortage,and could possibly remain so for longer.I am really dismayed at this precarious situation we are now in,it's Bank Holiday weekend and Ludlow is at its busiest.
Patients have already presented at GP surgeries because they have been unable to seek care at MIU,but obviously these surgeries are not open at the weekend,so patients will either have to undertake a long journey to one of our acute hospital A&E or some may try to access the ambulance service.
This situation is dangerous,unacceptable and detrimental for people who live in Ludlow and the surrounding area,there should at least be something in place to support our GPs when this happens because they have to pick up the slack.
I am sorry to say this is not the only closure at Ludlow Hospital!,yesterday a GP was unable to admit a patient to the hospital,even though there are seven empty beds.The reason again lack of staff,the beds were blocked and a dying person had to be sent to a nursing home!
Whilst I fully appreciate that everywhere suffers with staff sickness and its peak holiday season,it's still remains that there should be something in place to cope with this situation.
I have always supported the ludlow Hospital and will continue to do so,but I am afraid it appears that slowly it's grinding to a halt.Please will one of you be honest and brave enough to admit that everything is not running smoothly,and tell us truthfully WHAT is happening to our hospital!
I am fully aware there are other feasible options available that could deliver sustainable,good health care provision that we could explore,but until a decision is made about current services we cannot move forward.
I look forward to your comments.
Channel 4 News came to SpArC today after Heather challenged the proposed cut of 25% in the grant to the Centre by Conservative run Shropshire Council. Heather said "They picked up the story from the front page of the Shropshire Star and rang me up. Everyone - staff,campaigners and users alike, turned up to make the point just how much we value the visitors centre."
"With the Olympics on and the Government publishing their much criticised strategy on Childhood obesity it is crazy that the Council is cutting more from leisure centres who do so much to keep people fit. Its particularly galling that the Council has just chosen SpArC , Church Stretton and Cleobury Mortimer for cuts, leaving the others untouched."
Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd (Chirbury and Worthen) has taken Severn Trent Water to task for cutting off residents in the Lane to Shop Farm in Rorrington, near Chirbury, overnight.
Heather said: "I am frankly appalled. This leak has been reported off and on for the last 2 years. On Thursday they came with a closure and opened up a hole. They left it open so that residents could not get in and out overnight. Had an ambulance been required they would have been unable to attend. A doctor was walking on Rorrington Hill and had his vehicle stuck there. A friend had to pick him up.
Heather has slammed a Council proposal to cut funding to Teme Leisure. This will mean a direct cut to SpArC in Bishops Castle whilst funding levels to other leisure centres in the rest of Shropshire will be maintained for at least another year.
Heather said: "This is grossly unfair. SpArC play a crucially important role is the life of the Bishops Castle area. We live in a very rural area and this is not only our sports centre but our cinema and theatre and provides exercise on prescription as well. It has the only swimming pool for 20 plus miles in several directions!!
The old Bog School Celebrated 20 years as a visitors centre last week with a commemorative event which drew over 60 people from right across the community.
Heather Kidd said:"The Bog Centre is a big draw for walkers, cyclists and ordinary visitors to this area and has highly praised on trip advisor. Local people drop in for a cup of tea too. The volunteers who run the Centre have done a terrific job over the years putting us on the tourist map."
The Centre building will shortly be transferred to to to the Bog Centre Volunteers who are now set up as Community Interest Company (CIC). They will then have the ability to run the Centre for the next 25 years! The lease should be transferred on Wednesday (27th July).
Residents, children and parents in Chirbury were celebrating this week the reopening of one of the oldest school buildings still in use in the UK
Local Councillor Heather Kidd said "This house was built in 1675 and is a grade two listed building. Part of the premises was a dwelling until some years ago when the Edward Lewis Trust, who own the building, let it in its entirety to Chirbury Primary School. Since then a great deal has been done by volunteers and local contractors to bring the building back into full use whilst keeping its unique character.
At last! I now have a date for the works to be completed on the road in Stiperstones. It has taken ages to get Ringway to discuss the work and a lot for persistent nagging. I had the following email today,
The works will primarily consist of the installation of 2 more road gullies at the identified low spots/ ponding areas, a kerb and roll over with associated works to prevent water entering the private property of the bungalow to the south of the site, as highlighted by the resident.