Join us in a protest over bed closures at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital! 7-11am, Thursday 15 September, outside NNUH. Story here:
68 beds have been closed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. NNUH is in ‘financial special measures’, so has to slash costs. Edgefield Ward (urology) has closed its 36 beds, with 18 of these being moved to Earsham Ward meaning those 18 are lost to Earsham patients.
Remaining urology patients will be treated at the Day Procedure Unit. Staff there are having their working day extended to 10pm to cope. Any patients who have had urological surgery and who still need care after 10pm will stay on the DPU and night cover will be provided by a trained staff member and a Health Care Assistant – there must be concerns here for patient safety and wellbeing.
Cringleford Ward has closed its 20 beds, meaning its teenage patients will have to transfer to adult wards.
Holt Ward has closed 12 beds, so that that two bays can be freed of beds for the creation of a discharge lounge.
Latest news 12 September: NNUH will reopen all beds at end of October. Good news, but closing beds for over 10 weeks until then is unacceptable given the pressure on beds at NNUH. Protest therefore goes ahead to make this point and to say we’ll be watching for further cuts at NNUH – they have to make more as massively in deficit.
- Monday 19 September, Vauxhall Centre, Vauxhall Street, Norwich, 6-8pm: planning further actions concerning cuts at NNUH. Join us, bring ideas!
- Thursday 29 September, 7pm-9pm, Beehive pub, Leopold Road, Norwich NR4 7PJ All welcome!
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