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St Peter's Hospital Closure

28 Feb 2024

Witham Town Council is holding a public forum to address the proposed closure of St Peters Hospital

The 150-year-old hospital building is set to close permanently and its services moved under plans to reallocate community inpatient beds.

If St Peters closes there will be changes to the places where community hospital intermediate care and stroke rehabilitation services are provided, resulting in residents having to travel to Brentwood or Billericay to receive stroke services.

This will also make permanent the temporary move of the freestanding midwife-led birthing unit from St Peter’s Hospital, Maldon, to the William Julien Courtauld Unit at St Michael’s, Braintree, an already strained facility, so many residents will have to go to Broomfield Hospital.

Currently there are no plans as to where outpatient services, such as blood testing will go. If services end up at Broomfield Hospital, Witham residents who do not drive will have to get three buses to get to the Hospital or pay for a taxi service.

Therefore, Witham Town Council is looking to let residents voice their concerns by holding a public consultation at New Rickstones Academy on Monday 11th March 2024, starting at 7pm. A representative from the Alliance Director of NHS mid and South EssexDaniel Doherty, will be present to answer any questions.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate to ensure Witham has its say regarding the closure and to demonstrate the Town Council’s concerns, regarding the lack of existing medical facilities in the Town and how the closure would further exacerbate this problem.

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