Borough of Poole councillors voted last night to lend their support to residents’ calls for Poole Hospital to be the major emergency centre for the area.
Plans from NHS Dorset CCG have proposed reconfiguration of hospital services in the county. The initial results of a public consultation on the proposals were released earlier this month, with close to 2,500 responses received from Poole residents.
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, brought the motion to last night’s Council meeting. She said: “Whilst we understand the reasons for, and support the principle of acute hospital reconfiguration, we would like to support the residents of Poole who responded to the CCG consultation. It is clear that the majority of them feel that Poole General Hospital should be the major emergency hospital, and the Royal Bournemouth the hospital for planned care, and we would wish to support our residents with this view.
“I am pleased that this will now be the council’s official position going forward, although we of course recognise that the ultimate decision rests with NHS Dorset CCG.”