PUBLISHED: 10:33 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
SIR, — I would like to invite everyone to add their comments to their local MP about how difficult a situation the cutbacks have caused us St Albans people with our accident and emergency and hospital back up for our citizens of this city being stolen fro
SIR, - I would like to invite everyone to add their comments to their local MP about how difficult a situation the cutbacks have caused us St Albans people with our accident and emergency and hospital back up for our citizens of this city being stolen from us.
Our young folk are suffering as well our elderly folk. Visiting is a nightmare getting to Watford. Who in their right minds can justify the loss of our hospital? No A & E. Where do our young have to go to have their babies? There is no other word for it but appalling.
My mother broke her hip just before Christmas and the nearest hospital that could take her was Watford. My father was in shock and couldn't possibly have driven behind the ambulance. Fortunately we managed to track down which hospital she was admitted to so that we could be with them. He was expected to travel all this way to be with her for visiting.
How do those who cannot drive visit their relatives? Even when they do, the car park is appallingly laid out, with a long uphill walk to the hospital in itself. There are no zone areas marked out but quite conveniently advertised boldly everywhere is "Have you paid and displayed?" It costs £3 for a visit plus the petrol and times of travel from St Albans. On a good day it takes an hour.
Watford is a nightmare of a place to get through. Taxi? Yes, you've guessed - very, very expensive.
We need a hospital in the city of St Albans with an accident and emergency unit, properly resourced, no ifs and buts. We are fed up with excuses.
Woodland Drive, St Albans.