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Scarborough Hospital:  A Postcode Lottery for Treatment?

A regional newspaper has reported concerns surrounding patients in/around the Scarborough area having to travel further afield for treatment.

In 2012, Scarborough Hospital merged with York Hospital creating the York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Also covered under this umbrella Trust is Bridlington Hospital.  

The newspaper has been in touch with The Save Scarborough Hospital Campaign who state, “a wide range of core medical services has been reduced or cut since it joined up with York”. 

Services noted to be reduced in the article include neurology departments and cancer departments leading to some, already vulnerable, patients having to travel an 80-mile round trip to a hospital to provide their treatment and care. 

The newspaper also quotes Dr Ed Smith, deputy medical director for Scarborough Hospital, who stated: 

“While this does mean that patients travel to receive some parts of their care, it provides access to specialists and improves clinical outcomes.” 

In a local newspaper, concerns were raised by a local GP who noted “health services in the area now feel “fragmented”. 

In April 2022, a further regional newspaper confirmed work was being started at Scarborough Hospital for a new Emergency and Urgent Care Centre. The centre is planned to open in 2024. The article states that the centre will expand the emergency department and the acute medical unit.  

Dr Smith states the aim is “to build something which is fit for purpose for today’s volume of activity but also the way we do healthcare today compared with how it was several decades ago.” 

However, very recently, Scarborough Hospital has come under criticism surrounding significant safety concerns following inspections by the Care Quality Commission.  

A report by the Care Quality Commission in March 2022 highlights concerns including how “Access and flow of patients was creating significant delays in admitting patients onto wards to enable them to receive timely and appropriate care and treatment exposing them to the risk of harm.” 

It is therefore hoped that, further to the inspections, changes shall be implemented to ensure patients receive the appropriate care. 

Bridge McFarland LLP have assisted and continue to assist people in relation to medical negligence claims surrounding failures of care and treatment received under this Trust. If you or a loved one has concerns surrounding the care received under the Trust, we are here to help. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-60420298

https://www.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk/news-amp-media/latest-news/change-of-trust-name/#:~:text=In%202012%20York%20Teaching%20Hospital,Teaching%20Hospital%20NHS%20Foundation%20Trust.

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https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/health/removal-of-hospital-services-from-scarborough-forcing-patients-to-travel-to-york-and-leaving-fragmented-health-service-3326922

https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2022-04-29/work-officially-begins-on-scarborough-hospitals-47-million-a-and-e-centre

https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2022-06-09/cqc-finds-significant-safety-concerns-at-hospital-trust

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