Letter of the week: Why can't we steer patients towards our own Hartlepool hospital?

There is a fear that too many Hartlepool patients are being unnecessarily steered towards hospitals in Stockton and Middlesbrough.
There is a fear that too many Hartlepool patients are being unnecessarily steered towards hospitals in Stockton and Middlesbrough.
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I read the article (Mail, November 1) about claims that patients are being “steered” towards the University Hospital of North Tees.

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I had need of a small surgical operation and my doctor’s decision was that Middlesbrough was the place for it.

The day before the surgery I phoned to book a taxi to take me to the practice but, as it was early in the morning, all were fully booked for schoolchildren.

I phoned the number given for cancellations, and guess what?

I was given an appointment at the University Hospital of Hartlepool within a month.

Why didn’t my doctor send me to the Hartlepool hospital in the first place if it's possible my needs could be remedied there?

Fred Gibbon,
Masefield Road,
Hartlepool.

Last week's Letter of the week: 'I wait with bated breath for Church Street vision to appear'