Trafford Conservatives obtain assurances about Wythenshawe Hospital

Trafford Conservatives have obtained assurances from commissioners in relation to ongoing services provided for Trafford residents as a result of the decision yesterday not to designated Wythenshawe Hospital as the lead provider for the fourth single service in Greater Manchester.

Commissioners have confirmed to Trafford’s Conservative Leader, Cllr Sean Anstee, and Executive Member for Adults Social Care and Community Wellbeing, Cllr Alex Williams, that:

i. the ‘Healthier Together’ decision will only impact on adult patients who require high risk (emergency) general surgery;
ii. that intensive care support for specialised or tertiary services such as cardiac surgery will continue;
iii. that UHSM will still be able to look after high risk adult patients in emergency medicine; and
iv. that UHSM’s position as a teaching hospital with specialities including (amongst others) heart and lung, burns and plastics and vascular surgery will continue.

At a full meeting of Trafford Council last night, Conservatives passed a motion calling upon NHS commissioners to:

i. confirm the assurances given to Cllrs Williams and Anstee;
ii. fully explain how changes under ‘Healthier Together’ will benefit Trafford residents who require high risk emergency surgery; and
iii. to engage with Trafford Council and Health Scrutiny in this regard.

Cllr Williams commented after the meeting:

“It is vital that Trafford residents continue to have close access to emergency, high-risk services and local Conservatives want to ensure that this continues for everyone who lives in Trafford. That’s why we’ve obtained assurances regarding the services that will remain at Wythenshawe, including specialist heart and lung, vascular, breast cancer burns and plastic surgery. Following the decision, we’re now asking for more detail of how the proposed changes will impact residents.”

“As a part of the devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester we want to ensure, and will work to support, the continued success of Wythenshawe as a teaching hospital leading the way for integrated care in Trafford and across south Manchester.”