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Letter of the Week: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

Recently at a North Kirklees NHS Clinical Commissioning Group event, Dr David Kelly revealed that ‘cardiology’ will be at Pinderfields after all.

Dewsbury Hospital is not going to have a cardiology (heart) department, only resuscitation facilities.

Matt Walsh, chief officer of Calderdale CCG, revealed there are three classes of emergency department.

Firstly, Specialist Centres like Pinderfields for burns and Leeds for trauma. Secondly, Emergency Centres for surgical emergencies, and acute medicine, like Dewsbury until now.

Thirdly, Urgent Care Centres, for lower risk. This is Dewsbury’s new status.

There will be no High Dependency Unit (HDU) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

A&E will be an elaborate triage centre, directing patients onward, or ‘home’ to outpatients.

If Jeremy Hunt really cared about unnecessary deaths, he would not cut NHS funding, training staff or close 10 per cent of A&E departments in England since 2010.

Dr David Kelly and the CCG should be honest with patients and say ‘Urgent Care Centre’.

But part of their remit is to push through the cuts agenda, dressed up as ‘improvement.’

DDH will also be ideally situated for takeover by a private provider, possibly even CuroHealth.

In the US the third most likely cause of death after heart attack and cancer is ‘preventable medical error’ masked and entrenched by ‘commercial confidentiality.’

We do not have to accept this for the future!


More concern for care needed

From: Stephen Walker, via email

Dear Sir,

I have just read with dismay the article ‘Home Closures’ on the front page of last week’s Press.

It brought back memories of my mother’s experience at the closure of Oxford Grange; covered in your editions of June 5  and June 12.

I wanted to express my sympathy to the residents and relatives who are now experiencing the same issues we faced less than a month ago and the hope that all the residents are found suitable accommodation in a timely manner.

I also wanted to caution them if they seek answers to why this has happened. My fury over my mother experience has proved fruitless.

I wrote to Kirklees Council. If you remember in your paper a spokeswoman said they were considering feedback and “this is a standard way to improve quality and is what the public would expect us to do.”

A good-quality system also provides feedback to customers (residents and relatives) on the outcomes of any consideration. No contact to date. I hope they have learnt some lessons to deal with the two homes that have now been closed.

I wrote to my local MP and the MP for Dewsbury. No response until I contacted them again; copying my email to your paper.

This produced a phone call at 4pm on a Friday afternoon saying they would consider my email the following Monday and get back to me. No further contact to date.

I noted with interest Paula Sherriff’s comment in your latest edition: “My office is open Monday to Friday for anyone who requires further support at this difficult time.”

I wrote to the Care Quality Commission and was told the manager in charge of this matter was on holiday (fair enough, it is summer) and would contact me of their return. No further contact to date.

It might be quite a shock to return to find two more homes closed, but not as big a shock as that facing residents and relatives.

This is primarily about the individual residents and the staff involved, but I also think there are broader issues requiring further consideration. Kirklees has lost three care home in the space of a month.

Driving around the local area when searching for a new home for my mother I noticed at least one other for sale – will this stay open?

Could not your paper campaign for a full review of residential care for the elderly and vulnerable before we face even more last-minute closures.

Should not our MPs be raising concern nationally about the state of the private provision for the elderly?

Surely they deserve a more dignified approach to caring for their needs in later life.


Road and transport woes

From: Harold Laycock, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

With a by-election due in August, the question arises, what do our councillors do once they have been elected ?

Not so very long ago the local residents forum based at St Andrew’s Church folded as it became, merely, a talking shop without proper support from our local councillors.

If we consider the area stretching from Kitson Hill Road and taking in Old Bank Road, Sunnybank Avenue, Sunnybank Road, there are a number of recurring problems which are never resolved.

There is a serious road congestion/parking problem outside the Co-Op at Old Bank corner and without a safe crossing point.

Vehicles entering from the main road do so at speed. Vehicles park in front of the so-called crossing point to visit the Co-Op or the cash machine.

The main Sunnybank Road is a race track, with just one safe haven crossing point in the road stretching from Crossley Lane to Old Bank corner.

To cross the road at Crossley Lane is to risk your life, with the added problem of vehicles entering the main road from Crossley Lane.

There is also an adverse camber on the intersection where vehicles enter at Speed from Sunnybank Road.

I have discussed this problem with Coun Martyn Bolt over a number of years and last winter I wrote to Aidan Hopson regarding the problem,with a copy to Simon Reevell. I received no reply from either of them.

In order to get to the retail park at Birstall and the Showcase cinema local residents are, at present, obliged to travel by two buses, the 221, followed by the 229, with connection either at Heckmondwike or Batley.

As the 221 misses the 229 by five minutes at Roberttown, it becomes a half-day task to get to Birstall.


Thanks for care

From: Mrs B Senior, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

I would just like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Sunnyside Nursing Home.

My brother Colin has been there five years. I go every day and I can honestly say I have nothing but admiration for the staff.

They treat everybody with the love and respect they would show their own relatives.

Nothing is too much trouble, as soon as you walk in Sunnyside it’s not a nursing home, it’s an extended home of all the relatives.

I have always told other people if they have a relative that needs to go into a home, Sunnyside is the place.

I would employ any of the staff in any nursing home.

They are simply the best.


I wish them every success

From: Maralyn Secker, Heckmondwike

Dear Sir,

Just been in the Boothroyd Centre for an endoscopy at Dewsbury. The staff in the department were excellent.

Their care and love were excellent, nothing was too much trouble.

Their kindness and love was wonderful, congratulations to all the staff under Mr Chris Macklin. Don’t tell me they don’t care, Dewsbury Hospital is the top one.

I wish them every success in all they do each day.

Come on people, let’s have lots of letters in The Press to let people know we are proud of Dewsbury Hospital and all the staff.


Celtic future looks bright

From: Phil Andruchow, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

The recent reunion was a momentous day which celebrated the Dewsbury Celtic RLFC history.

The gathering brought together different generations and was a major success. Included in the generations were the only two remaining players from Dewsbury Celtic’s first entrance into the Challenge Cup first round in 1955 against a formidable Workington Town which included many international players.

The celebration included 100 years since Celtic first won the Yorkshire Cup to the forming of the first under-15 girls team. This is a first for the club showing again the changes in rugby league at the club.

I would like to thank everyone who made this a day to remember and especially Matthew Oldroyd, who instigated the remembrance of former players of the 1914/1915 team who joined the army and for also providing a plaque with the names of the 15 who joined up. This will be displayed in the Irish Nash.

I would also like to thank Paul Heaton for his splendid compering of the events, Margaret Watson for presenting the plaque and Helen Brook, who presented a book produced from the last reunion 2010.

We must not forget all the other people who worked tirelessly throughout the day.

This included the Dewsbury Irish Nash staff, Mick Thornton and his team providing hot beef sandwiches, the Irish band and DJ providing the entertainment and all the volunteers who took photographs for all to see in the future.

Last but not least thanks to all the supporters, officials and players for their attendance. Dewsbury Celtic is moving forward with the times and its future is looking bright.

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