Felixstowe: Question time over changes to health services

Felixstowe Community Hospital

Felixstowe Community Hospital - Credit: Archant

PEOPLE interested in changes to the way health services will be provided in Felixstowe are being urged to attend a “question time” event.

Staff at the Felixstowe Community Hospital are celebrating after they got top marks last year from t

Staff at the Felixstowe Community Hospital are celebrating after they got top marks last year from the quality care commission for the way they treat patients. - Credit: Archant

Private health company Serco, which now runs the majority of the county’s community healthcare services, including Felixstowe Community Hospital, is holding a consultation meeting in the council chamber at Felixstowe Town Hall.

It will take place at the civic building in Undercliff Road West, on Tuesday, April 9 from 7-9pm.

The firm – which is proposing to axe about 137 community health jobs – says the event is a chance for people to find out about its plans to extend service hours, introduce mobile technology for frontline staff, and centralise its administration.

Roy Gray, chairman of the Felixstowe Save Our Hospital Action Group, said he hoped as many people as possible would attend the event.

He said: “This is very short notice and an easier-to-get-to town centre venue would have been better, but we hope people will be able to attend to hear what Serco have to say, express any concerns they might have, and ask questions.

“We’d like some assurances over services we have and would like to hear that more clinics will be held at our hospital to save people travelling to Ipswich.”

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