Defend Chase Farm Hospital services

Friday 1st April 12 noon for a rally between 12 and 2

At The Main Entrance at Chase Farm hospital (directions below)

The BEH (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey) Clinical Strategy has within its proposal, suggested that as part of moving forward, that they close the Chase Farm A&E moving these services across to the main Barnet Hospital, and turn Chase Farm A&E into an ‘Urgent Care Centre’. As I’m sure you are aware, an Urgent Care Centre will not have the same level of nursing, medical and consultant led specialities that a normal A&E would have, and as such would remove the option of hands on direct A&E care, whereby any such patients would then need to be transferred across to Barnet.

This does not have the support of the local GP’s, and would clearly be to the detriment of the local population who would have to travel further afield for the same treatment that they can currently receive at Chase Farm. Apart from this, any such move would increase the pressure on the Barnet A&E which struggles now.

Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health went on National TV at Chase Farm around a year or so ago, and openly stated that he would not let A&E departments close. The BEH Clinical Strategy is based firmly around Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social care bill, for which Nick De Bois has supported by voting with the Government on every occasion.

The proposed closure of A&E at Chase Farm is being seen nationally as a test case, and if this goes ahead, it is likely to be followed with A&E closures across the country.

It is therefore vitally important that we do all we can to change the minds of both BEH and the Government. Unison is the largest union at Barnet and Chase Farm, with nearly a quarter of the workforce as members. However, having gone through a consultation between November 2010 and January 2011 where 250 posts were deleted (admittedly on this occasion with no redundancies using vacant positions) and now going through another consultation with a further 250 posts, this time WITH expected redundancies, staff need residents support against the threatened closure for their sake as well as for our (residents’) sake.

There is a local campaign to maintain services at Chase Farm, but residents of Barnet stand in solidarity with this campaign, not least because we are as likely as Enfield residents to be affected by the closure. Friday’s rally of staff and residents will mark a clear intention of all stake holders to defend Chase Farm hospital at its current level of service to the local population. Therefore it is of crucial importance to make it as big as possible and turn up:

On Friday 1st April 12 noon for a rally between 12 and 2.

At The Main Entrance at Chase Farm hospital (directions below)

Chase Farm Hospital

The Ridgeway
Enfield
Middlesex
EN2 8JL

0845 111 4000

By road

You can find us using the Multimap service. http://www.multimap.com/

You can also plan your journey by road to the Chase Farm Hospital using the AA route planner. http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp

Parking

Pay and display parking areas are available on site.
Charges: £4 per day

The car park machines take £1, 50p, 20p and 10p coins and do NOT give change. Please bring adequate change.

The car parks can get full during busy periods, so do allow plenty of time to park.

In order to assist regular and frequent visitors, we offer a weekly ‘season ticket’ which costs £11. The ward staff can give you details of how to obtain a ticket.

By rail

Nearest station: Gordon Hill
Line: First Capital Connect
Zone: 5
Journey from central London: 30 minutes from Moorgate
It is a 10-15 minute walk to the hospital’s main entrance from the station.

By London Underground

Nearest station: Oakwood
Line: Piccadilly
Zone: 5
It is a 30 minute walk to the hospital’s main entrance from the station. It is a 10 minute drive from the station to the hospital’s main entrance. There is no direct bus route.

By bus

The hospital is served by the following bus routes:
W8 (Picketts Lock – Chase Farm Hospital)
W9 (Southgate – Chase Farm Hospital)
313 (Potters Bar station – Chingford)

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