Polly said: “Next week our local NHS will make a very important decision which could have a very bad impact on people in Thurrock who suffer a stroke. I, and hundreds of others in our community are deeply concerned about the proposal that the hyper-acute stroke unit could be downgraded at Basildon Hospital. Many have signed the e-petition on the Downing Street website that I set up to ensure anyone concerned about this can register their opposition online.
“I am making sure the Clinical Commissioning Group, who have the power to stop this, are aware of the scale of opposition to this plan. You can too by supporting our campaign.
“At the moment the fact that people suffering a stroke can be dealt with fast massively increases their chances of survival and rehabilitation.
“600 people a year suffer a stroke in Thurrock – a significant number which supports the case for maintaining Hyper Acute Stroke Unit as close as possible to our community.
The real risk with this reorganisation is that vital minutes could be lost as people travel further to get the care they currently receive at Basildon.
The Unit being close to our community means faster treatment when it matters most.
“Downgrading that unit and leaving Hyper Acute Stroke Units only in hospitals further away from Thurrock will mean longer journeys for patients and could have a damaging impact on their survival and recovery. If these recommendations are adopted, our community will lose out. Some may argue it is a way to save money in a hard-pressed NHS. But the consequences for stroke survivors and their families will be significant – and will cost the NHS more in the long run. We must protect what we have.
“I urge the CCG to reject this proposal, for the good health and wellbeing of the people of Thurrock.