One of several public meetings is being held today at the Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood from 5.30pm until 6.30pm to discuss the future of health in Dorset.
The next two meetings will take place at Twynham School, Christchurch, on January 26th from 6.30pm until 7.30pm and at The Verwood Hub on February 1st until 1pm to 2pm.
The NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing that Royal Bournemouth Hospital should function as East Dorset’s major emergency hospital; as well as make Poole Hospital for planned care with an urgent care centre and Dorset County Hospital will remain broadly the same.
The Clinical Services Review was launched by the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group after increasing demands on services, workforce shortages and a potential funding gap of £158m per year by 2020.
Figures have shown a record number of people were treated at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital A&E services and both hospitals have warned people to only attend A&E if “absolutely necessary”.
The proposed plans have been up for consultation since December 1st and will continue until the February 28th.
Local residents have already voiced their concerns on losing an A&E unit and the future of maternity and paediatric services.
Written by Chloe Desave