Patients and staff are voicing serious concerns over the lack of a direct bus service when NHS bosses close Rossall Hospital, Fleetwood, and introduce a dedicated rehabilitation centre at Clifton.
Staff who work at Rossall, Clifton and Blackpool Victoria hospitals supported by their trade union UNISON will be distributing transport surveys in the run-up to the health service’s 65th anniversary this Friday 5th July. The survey asks health workers, patients and hospital visitors to identify the transport issues they will face when the hospital closes.
Secretary of UNISON’s Blackpool Health Branch Steve Holmes said:
“Staff being redeployed from Rossall to the Clifton site are becoming increasingly worried about how they are going to get to work to enable them to carry out their duties and care for patients.
Many of our members work irregular hours and don’t have cars so rely on buses and trams to get to work. The lack of adequate transport will have a serious impact on patients and visitors”.
UNISON Regional Organiser Sean Gibson added:
“UNISON believes the public has been misled because the 7-day rehabilitation service being proposed at Clifton is not the seamless service promised during the consultation. The Trust has yet to respond to some important points raised by our members. The lack of adequate public transport to Clifton Hospital is of particular concern. UNISON was shocked by some of the first-hand accounts of problems encountered by staff already working at Clifton hospital. It is now nearly 6 months since Fleetwood Town Council asked that transport issues be settled before a decision was made or the proposals invoked. Yet patients, their visitors and staff still don’t know how the Trust intends to address their needs”.
UNISON is encouraging service users and their families, hospital staff as well as the local community to participate in the survey. The survey will enable the general community to express their concerns around the transfer of services to Clifton Hospital.
The survey will be launched at Blackpool Victoria Hospital today [Monday 1 July], at Rossall and Fleetwood hospitals on Wednesday [3 July] and at Clifton Hospital on Thursday [4 July] and distributed throughout the week.