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What effect did the closure of Chase Farm A and E have on Harlow?

Politics / Tue 13th Jan 2015 at 10:00am

IT IS fair to say that the crisis engulfing the A and E department at Princess Alexandra Hospital is borne of many factors: Lack of staff, 111, cuts to social care, GP access, ageing population and cash, to name just a few.

There may well be many more factors. For example, did the closure of Chase Farm Accident and Emergency in November 2013 have an impact?

It is 20 miles away however, it is only 5 miles from Cheshunt and 8 miles from Broxbourne.

These are factors that were not lost on the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

East North Hertfordshire CCG commented in their last Annual Report & Accounts 2013 that: “As a result of changing hospital provision, patient flow in and around East and North Hertfordshire are changing too.

The recent conversion of Chase Farm A&E to an Urgent Care Centre has led to an increase in ambulance conveyances to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow for East and North Hertfordshire residents in Cheshunt and Broxbourne.

“This additional demand is having inevitable impact on the hospital, which is being closely monitored by East and North Hertfordshire CCG.

“It remains to be seen whether this level of demand will continue as the ongoing improvements/changes in neighbouring hospitals come into full effect.”

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