HERNE BAY Hospital League of Friends held their committee meeting on Monday, January 13. Nikki Andrews, head of Intermediary Care, was invited to give the committee an update on the services now provided at the hospital using the old day centre premises. Nikki highlighted the superior facilities and the amount of space available to enable various new groups to function, including hearing and sight assessments, falls groups and physiotherapy on 12 week rolling programme. These groups will rely on local doctor and nurse referral and agreement to the business plans submitted to the commissioning group. Sister Teresa Wright, from Heron Ward, attended the meeting and said that the current matron is leaving and Sue Picot will be replacing her. The public consultation meeting, held yesterday (Wednesday) regarding the moving of clinics from Herne Bay Hospital to Estuary View Whitstable, was discussed with the chairman asking the committee to continue with their efforts in making the public aware of the consultation and encouraging local residents to give their opinions. The league has organised a banner across the High Street and has petitions available for signing. The chairman is working hard liaising and meeting with officers and Sir Roger Gale is giving local residents his support.
Herne Bay Times, January 30th 2014