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Campaigner has no interest in Ludlow hospital’s salvage plans
SCORN has been poured on the suggestion that a smaller facility might be salvaged from the wreckage of the Ludlow Hospital and Health Village.
Pat Hansen, who, a decade ago, was at the forefront of the battle to save the existing hospital but has always been a strong opponent of the Eco Park project, has dismissed talk of a smaller scheme being salvaged.
This has been suggested as a possibility by, among others, Philip Dunne MP and Peter Corfield, chairman of the Ludlow Hospital League of Friends.
She said: “We need to know exactly what additional services would be provided at a new hospital.”
And Pat added that the existing hospital already includes 40 in-patient and seven maternity beds, a minor injuries unit, x-ray, dialysis, physiotherapy, a continence clinic, occupational therapy, foot care and a cafe.
“There are several consultantled outpatient clinics including ear, nose and throat, rheumatology, orthopaedics and I am sure there are more,” she added.
“It’s my understanding that neither chemotherapy nor surgery could take place.
“So would a smaller scheme be anything other than new premises for the existing hospital?
“Incidentally, the new hospital scheme only calls for 36 beds – already smaller than the existing hospital – so how much smaller could it be?” she asked.
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