Three weeks ago, we were fighting to save our MIU or to have some sort of Treatment Service centred on Burnham Hospital. With the onset of Corona virus, we had to bring our petition to a quick end as we made a dash to get all the signed copies back.
We have now counted all the votes and we have surpassed our best hopes and have 6,300 signatures and comments to pass on to the Clinical Commissioning Group and to James Heappey MP.
I would like to thank www.burnhamonsea.com and the Weekly News for offering their support and running articles to bring our quest to the attention of our community.
Now we have no mention of closing services and beds we have Coronavirus. It is amazing that something we are not able to see and don't even, in the early days, know is there can have such a huge impact on all our lives.
The Friends Committee are no longer meeting in person but are experimenting using video conferencing. We already have in place a well tested on line voting system that allows us to put forward arguments and have a vote on any topic on line. We are very fortunate that we have two members on our committee who understand the finer points of the technology and can guide us as we go!
The Coronavirus has presented us with considerable challenges but one that we have begun to address immediately is the support of the Hospital Staff and the Care in the Community Staff that operate from the Peter Holmes Annex on the Site.
On Thursday 26th of March we have arranged for 10 boxes of Thorntons chocolates to be delivered to the Hospital just to show that they have our full support.
As I write I am working with Steve at Maisey's Bakery so that we can deliver enough cakes for everyone next week and also to see what we are able to do for Easter. We have already put in place the facility for the Staff to source a Present for every Patient that will be in the hospital over Easter.
On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank all of you who support us and to everyone I would ask that you please take care, keep well and by doing so help save our NHS.
Bernard Spilsbury: Chairman