Hospital campaigner voices concerns

Keith Fisher

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A HEALTH campaigner has backed the concerns of OAP James Allen who was left waiting five-and-a-half hours for an ambulance as he bled heavily from an injury to his head.

Keith Fisher, chairman of the Save of Our Hospital Campaign - which fought against Hartlepool’s accident and emergency department in the town’s Holdforth Road being moved 15 miles away to Stockton - said James’ experience was “very concerning”.

He said: “Who can argue with what this man is saying and I’m afraid he’s one of many who have suffered similar experiences.

“Again it’s the location of the accident and emergency which is all important. The transport would not be a problem if it was still in Holdforth Road.”

A spokeswoman for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton, said: “It cannot be assumed that if Hartlepool had an A&E department that a patient would be automatically sent there as it is dependent on a range of factors in the individual case.

“We would give Mr Allen our best wishes that he makes a quick and full recovery.”