WE ARE a married couple of 68 and 65 years old respectively.
We have both lived within the borough of Ealing all of our lives.
We have been served by the old Ealing Hospital in Mattock Lane and the old Perivale Maternity Hospital, before they were closed and latterly, when we needed it, the new Ealing Hospital.
Thankfully, we have not required them too often. However, we are now both at an age where we are likely to in the near future.
But we are both dismayed to read that there is a possibility that Ealing Hospital will no longer have an A&E department, along with other changes which could have a catastrophic effect to our local healthcare.
Yes, we do have bus passes that provide free travel, but that is only part of the picture.
Elderly people tend to be less mobile due to problems such as wear on joints and arthritis, or similar.
Apparently, as we understand from a recent survey undertaken within the hospital, it would seem the problem is there are too many people in the area due to some large housing developments.
So the solution would seem to be, if you cannot provide the service, shut it down and move
the problem elsewhere.
We, along with many other people of our age, have paid our local and national taxes for many years and should be able to get our healthcare without having to travel to other local boroughs, who will then also be under strain from an influx of new patients.
We say keep Ealing Hospital as it is.
R D AND C O NEWMAN Ealing Via email