As Carers, for family members of various ages with multiple health problems, will know it is
extremely difficult to co-ordinate getting to hospitals for appointments outpatient treatments
with cared for who are who are unwell and or immobile.
Wheelchairs, buggies, travel costs and the weather have to be accounted for so travel by public
transport or car has to be punctual and delays planned for. As if carers and their cared for aren't
stressed enough by their life situations.
Therefore it is vital that our hospital services are kept local where in cases of emergency they can
be accessed promptly.
Consider, those who do not have carers and must get themselves to and from hospital. Some, due
to their particular health problem are already confused. They receive hospital letters informing
them of various clinics they must attend, which in one hospital is daunting but now probably
having to face the possibility of attending different hospitals across boroughs will increase their
stress and worse may lead to them neglecting their health as navigating through it all is too much.
Some short and long term patients and outpatients are familiar with nursing staff and medical
The Charing Cross Hospital staff both in A&E and The Fulham Health Centre do their very best
to provide consultation and treatment efficiently and professionally as possible.
Charing Cross Hospital is used by most residents in L.B. H&F it provides care and support
services for patients and carers in the wider community many volunteers give their time
selflessly. The future of the hospital (H&FCHLON. 10.2.12) is causing widespread anxiety for
Employment is provided not only for those within the hospital but those in the surrounding area
florists, newsagents and cafes used by staff, patients and visitors alike.
As in all public services we appreciate that we support what is good and improve where its'
needed. Residents in other boroughs must feel the same as we do about our hospitals.
It is the responsibility of each of us to support our local hospital services for those vulnerable in
our community. There must be many amongst us who recall what it was like not to freely have
access to vital medical services.
Charing Cross Hospital is part of the fabric of LBH&F community and our National Health
Caring is not only a profession but a way of life.