Over a number of years NHS services, previously based in Welwyn Hatfield, have been moved to the Lister Hospital or elsewhere. We believe it is unacceptable to see a continual drift of NHS services away from the fast-growing population of Welwyn Hatfield. This trend has resulted in increased journey times, the potential for residents to be put-off accessing medical assistance and greatly increased stress caused by limited transport options. But concern is not limited to the medical implications. The distancing of healthcare is also making it harder for friends and family to provide support, so important when a loved one is fragile and vulnerable in hospital.
In short, we believe that the current location of many medical services is detrimental to the health of Welwyn Hatfield constituents and that it needs to change.
We therefore think that the following services should be more easily available to Welwyn Hatfield residents:
- Access to A&E
- Chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- Colorectal cancer services
- Dementia services
- Endocrine and thyroid services
- Gastrointestinal cancer services
- Midwife led maternity
- Memory services
- Psychiatric services
- Sleep medicine
- Better access to stroke care
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