REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has called a meeting of the Alex Working Group for today, Friday, March 26, to discuss the future of the Garden Suite Chemotherapy Unit.
The unit, which has its home at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, was temporarily moved to Kidderminster Hospital in January so patients could continue to receive their treatment while the Alex dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
Health chiefs have since hinted that the temporary move could become permanent in the light of the unit moving into a purposefully refurbished building in Kidderminster.
Speaking ahead of the meeting with health chiefs, Mrs Maclean said: “My position remains as it did when I spoke out last month about the temporary relocation of the Garden Suite from the Alex to Kidderminster; when it is safe to do so the chemotherapy unit should be returned to Redditch.
“Temporary must mean temporary and I will make this explicitly clear to Trust bosses when I meet with them on Friday.
“Having visited the Garden Suite at the Alex myself, it really struck me how much it meant to patients that they could be treated in Redditch for something so traumatic as chemotherapy.
“We will fight Trust bosses all the way on this and I will do everything within my power to ensure the Garden Suite is returned to the Alex.”
Last week Redditch Labour raised the alarm after Paul Brennan, the deputy chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, told a meeting of the county council’s health overview and scrutiny committee (HOSC) that it may well be that following discussions within the trust we may wish to discuss with HOSC in the summer the potential for making that change permanent.”