The six year community campaign for new health services on the Moorgreen Hospital site was boosted by a talk from Inger Hebden Director of Commissioning, Long Term Conditions and Community at West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group which now oversees the NHS in our area.
Despite the Council’s plans to build some 115 homes on 25 acres of the Moorgreen site, part of the site, the “Donkey Field”, will be kept for future health service expansion.
There are services on the site now such as mental health, speech and language therapy, chronic pain and rheumatology clinics.
Cancer treatment, the lack of which is a concern to residents we have met on the doorstep, is limited to one day a week.
We asked about the present difficulties of the Care Team which include doctors, social workers and therapists. We said that District Nurses, an essential part of the team, are apparently experiencing great difficulties at the moment and it was confirmed that recruitment is well behind.
This first meeting with the clinical commissioning group is part of an ongoing effort. Other organisations, as well as the majority of the public in the area, see the need to adopt physical health services to relieve pressure on other centres and to cut down the need to travel.