I met representatives of the local NHS management today to hear how they are getting on with the changes planned for the local NHS. They reported that all was going well.
I asked that as the service is reorganised, could they put the interests of patients first? There have been disturbing national stories of poor treatment, especially for elderly patients. It is important that local NHS hospitals continue to deliver and maintain high standards of care. Patients should feel welcome on arrival, be dealt with promptly, and once in hospital have food, drink and comfort taken care of.
I was told there may need to be some changes to what is offered where. There are no plans for changes to the Royal Berks, but they are consulting concerning Heatherwood. There are as yet no firm plans for change.