70 local residents joined Jo McCarron at the public meeting she and the Save Cossham Hospital group organised as part of the ongoing Minor Injuries Unit campaign.
Jo spoke about the campaign so far to ensure residents have their say over the Minor Injuries Unit local people were promised at Cossham Hospital. The petition Jo launched at the end of January – which each week the Labour team and the Save Cossham Hospital group have been taking out onto the doors and the High Street – now has more than 1000 signatures.
Residents explained why they need and expect the Minor Injuries Unit they were promised:
- “Mothers with young children cannot be expected to traipse right over to Southmead with a screaming child.”
- “Adults with osteoporosis need to be treated straight away.”
- “Being over 70 with a bad back and not driving, access to somewhere nearby is imperative.”
- “All of Kingswood, Warmley, Bitton, Wick etc. need somewhere to go in a situation that incurs medical help. Young families in particular.”
- “Cossham is convenient, easy to get to – I cannot get to Yate.”
- “NHS medical care is delivered at the Point of need – Cossham is our Point and we Need an MIU to deliver medical care.”
- “We need a MIU. Southmead is too far away and transport isn’t always reliable. We need something in Kingswood.”
- “I would love to think we’ll get a much needed and wanted MIU included at Cossham to complete the fantastic refurbishment that we now have.”
Residents also pledged to help collect petition signatures, and to speak at the next Health Scrutiny meeting at the Council when the Clinical Commissioning Group updates councillors on the future of urgent care services at Cossham.
Ben Bennett, programme director for the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, answered questions and assured residents that the CCG has not ruled out a Minor Injuries Unit and is listening carefully to residents’ views before a decision is taken.
Jo welcomed the CCG’s commitment to listen. “We know the door is not closed on this issue at this stage and we hope that our campaign will go some way to convincing the CCG of the strength of feeling on the issue.”