The proposed closure of yet another service offered at Ilkeston Community Hospital is yet another hit to the town.
Basic accident treatment is a much valued local service, not everyone can easily travel to Derby or Nottingham for minor injuries and GPs are not geared up to supply such a service.
The idea is downright bad thinking. The hospital is in a prime position and has grown and developed since it was opened in 1987, replacing the original hospital which was then over 100 years old.
It provides a much needed and well used service. Parents with their children and the elderly can struggle to travel far for treatment of small injuries even during the day time. Local schools, also can access the facility.
Who in Ilkeston, if they have had a minor injury in the evening would readily face going to Queen’s Med or Derby City hospitals for treatment?
Their own local hospital is much more convenient. It is much more environmentally friendly to have a local facility. The nearest comparable hospital is in Ripley, some six miles away.
All in all, Ilkeston Community Hospital should retain its walk-in centre and continue to serve its community.
The town needs the facility too much to lose it.
Cllr Margaret Griffiths,
Bennett Street, Long Eaton