Public consultation to decide NHS future

Public consultation to decide NHS future

Sophie Flowers

Public consultation to decide NHS future

The future of the NHS in East Berkshire will be decided in a public consultation starting in March.

The Shaping the Future programme, jointly run by all elements of the NHS in east Berkshire, aims to find a long-term solution for hospital and community health services.

The three main options, which are not confirmed, include centralising services at Wexham Park Hospital and withdrawing from all other sites, or having services at Wexham and St Mark’s Hospital in Maidenhead, with others at King Edward VII, Windsor.

The third option is having emergency and acute services at Wexham, with planned care at Heatherwood, Ascot, and supporting services at St Mark’s and King Edward VII.

Sixty people representing service users and community groups took part in pre-consultation events this autumn. The feedback will shape the options that go forward for a three-month public consultation, likely to start in March.

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