One of the Earliest Places I Can Remember Turns Up in The Times
The Times today has a piece about how some hospitals should be merged or closed because they are failing.
The headline of “17 years ago closure was needed urgently. Today, Chase Farm stays open” summarises the text well. When I used to live in Cockfosters as a child, no-one had a good word for the hospital, so I suspect it hasn’t improved much after the years. The last time I was there was to see C’s godmother, who was recovering from a stroke in the hospital and I can’t remember anything positive or negative about the visit.
But I can remember my first visit to Chase Farm Hospital in 1950. It was to collect my mother and my baby sister, who had just been born there. We parked in front of the very same building shown in The Times.
The main thrust of the article in The Times is that Peter Carter, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has said that some failing hospitals should be shut.
I would agree.
When my son was first admitted to hospital in Manchester with an illness that later turned out to be pancreatic cancer, the place was a disgrace and they failed miserably in their diagnosis. Only when we moved him to Addenbrooke’s did we learn the awful truth.
So let’s shut failing hospitals and concentrate resources on services that work. We should also move a lot of those services into the community as Dr. Carter says.