Timetable for changing QE2

PUBLISHED: 16:05 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

QE2 Hospital

QE2 Hospital

HEALTH chiefs have set out their timetable for downgrading the QE2 Hospital and moving major services to the Lister. Inpatient women s and children s services will move to the Stevenage hospital early in 2010, as well as a surgicentre being incorporated t

HEALTH chiefs have set out their timetable for downgrading the QE2 Hospital and moving major services to the Lister.

Inpatient women's and children's services will move to the Stevenage hospital early in 2010, as well as a surgicentre being incorporated there.

In the autumn, a local general hospital, which will include an urgent care centre, will be established in WGC.

And by the end of 2010 services such as A&E will be shipped out of the QE2.

The timetable was finalised after last week's decision by the county council's health scrutiny committee not to refer the decisions made to Health Secretary Alan Johnson.

Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust, said he was pleased the green light had been given to begin detailed planning for the changes.

He said: "What we now need to do is get on with making these changes that our doctors and nurses believe are urgently needed.

"There remains, however, one final hurdle to overcome - the possibility of a judicial review.

"Hertfordshire has been waiting too long for change and such a review would serve only to delay matters further.

"In fact, such a move could seriously jeopardise the many millions of pounds of investment planned for our local health services and adversely affect the quality of care we can provide."

Anne Walker, chief executive of the Hertfordshire PCTs, said: "Having an agreed strategic plan is extremely good news for Hertfordshire.

"We can now move apace with the detailed planning of these much needed changes.

"Their implementation relies on a complex series of interdependent projects which the PCTs and the acute trusts are committed to delivering in partnership.

"In order to help us do this we have agreed to establish a senior level programme board and a senior lead programme director.

"Our clinical colleagues will also be advising us all the way and in addition, we are looking for groups and individuals from all walks of life to engage with us and help map out the future of our local health services.

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