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Large Turnout for Scarborough Hospital Review Meeting

Large Turnout for Scarborough Hospital Review Meeting

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:22pm 15th October 2018.

Around 200 people turned up to a meeting about a review of urgent medical care in Scarborough on Monday afternoon.

The meeting organisers, who were expecting to run a round-table discussion with 30 or 40 people about the criteria for the review, admitted to having 'underestimated' public interest in the process.

Simon Cox, Chief Officer for Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, said it was clear some people had the mistaken belief that this would be the only public meeting about the review.

Those at the meeting were told that the 'Scarborough Acute Services Review' is about maintaining "High Quality, Safe and Sustainable Hospital Services" in the town including an Emergency Department.


Ed Smith is the A&E Consultant at Scarborough Hospital and is one of the consultants involved in running the review.

The meeting felt chaotic at times, with the organisers obviously expecting a smaller audience drawn from healthcare professionals and service users to discuss some quite technical details around the evaluation criteria for the review. The to hundred people who turned up did include a large number of NHS staff along with members of the public and Borough Councillors.

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Mark Andrews, who is an Orthopedic Surgeon at Scarborough Hospital took questions from the audience and stressed that the review was in it's early stages and that nothing has already been decided apart from "Keeping Scarborough Hospital and the A&E department."

After the meeting CCG Chief Officer Simon Cox spoke to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Matthew Pells.

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