Friday, 11 May 2012
HOSPITAL SERVICE PROVISION PLANS DISCUSSED
On Tuesday 8 May Thanet District Council Cabinet Member for Community Services Cllr. Iris Johnston and Community Services Manager Madeline Homer met with East Kent NHS Trust Chief Executive Stuart Bain to clarify the situation regarding future service provision at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital, Margate amidst confusion over future proposals.
It was established at the meeting that the Kent & Medway Trauma Network proposal to identify three hospitals in Kent as Trauma Units would not reduce the Accident & Emergency and general service provision at the QEQM Hospital. Should the proposals be successful, the expectation is that on average less than one person per week would be transferred to the Trauma Unit for specialist care, improving the life chances of that individual. The Trauma Units will be a separate matter to the proposed consultation, led by Mr. Bain, on general health service provision across East Kent which is expected to commence in September 2012.
Cllr. Johnston said: “We had a very constructive meeting with Mr. Bain and are looking forward to ongoing discussions about these proposals. I will be talking to the Kent & Medway Trauma Network to understand the criteria for identifying the three hospitals as Trauma Units and will be visiting the QEQM Hospital in the near future to enable an informed response to the consultation in due course."