Carshalton man speaks out about importance of St Helier Hospital's A&E
A man from Carshalton who has a serious illness says we must all stand up and fight to save St Helier’s Accident and Emergency department.
Earlier in the month an NHS review panel, Better Services Better Value (BSBV), recommended St Helier Hospital loses its A&E and maternity.
David West, 51, was recently rushed to St Helier’s A&E with sepsis, a severe infection which can prove fatal.
Mr West said: “I think [BSBV] is a bit of a Whitewash to be fair.
“As residents of the area we should have a specific session with [BSBV] with a reasonable time limit.
“Having recently been rushed to A&E I am aware that it was the fast response and prompt action of the A&E staff and dedicated care on a ward that prevented a more devastating conclusion.
“If this service is taken away and placed further away then we will all be at risk.
“This closure will also put further strain on the London Ambulance service.
“The staff at St Helier don't deserve to be treated like this they are all professional and dedicated to their profession and to the wellbeing of their patients locally.
“As a community we must all stand up and fight to save this important service.”