Countess of Chester

We, the undersigned, call on the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust to reverse its decision to bar patients from Wales from new outpatient referrals. The unilateral ban on Welsh patients is unethical and goes against the values of the NHS. There is a financial dispute that needs to be resolved urgently between various NHS bodies and they must act immediately to end this stalemate. In the meantime we demand that patients are allowed to access services at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Who's signing

Heslop Jackie
Nicola Cragg
Sarah Taylor
Tracey Douglass
Dean Moore
Sarah Bailey
S Hewitt
Sharon McKeown
Ann Marr
Ian Lomax
Frances Jones
Hayley Williams
Sam Owen
Bill Smith
Katy Hulme
Sian Williams
Shirley Gibson
Elaine Bennion
Lynn Massie
Brenda Nicholas
Hayley Docherty
Christine Docherty
jeffrey Cartwright
Matthew Smith
Victoria Bennett
Mark Rigby
David Wilkinson
James Davies
Peter Rigby
Lesley Hayes-Williams
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  • Heslop Jackie
    signed 2019-04-18 07:54:25 +0100
    This hospital is only 6 miles for my family’s my to travel as apos d to 28 to Wrexham or 37 to glan Clywd. As I rely on public transport this will cause huge stress or me. Also When claiming expenses using hospital transport it will cost more From the budget the Further you go.
  • Nicola Cragg
    signed 2019-04-18 07:20:54 +0100
    My father needs access to this hospital, Wrexham is too far for someone so fragile!!!
  • Sarah Taylor
    signed 2019-04-18 06:53:51 +0100
  • Tracey Douglass
    signed 2019-04-18 00:31:38 +0100
    I find it appalling that I am being denied access to the only hospital myself and my children have even known especially when my son has ongoing requirements for referrals I shouldn’t be forced to start his journey again with another hospital I don’t even trust
  • Dean Moore
    signed 2019-04-17 23:13:46 +0100
  • Sarah Bailey
    signed 2019-04-17 23:06:10 +0100
  • S Hewitt
    signed 2019-04-17 22:55:05 +0100
    Our family has always used COCH as our local hospital. We have received good treatment there over the years. I have assisted with fundraising campaigns in the past and am currently a monthly donor. If I no longer have access to COCH, I shall have no option but to switch my donation to Wrexham.
  • Sharon McKeown
    signed 2019-04-17 22:32:11 +0100
  • Ann Marr
    signed 2019-04-17 22:27:13 +0100
  • Ian Lomax
    signed 2019-04-17 22:06:24 +0100
  • Frances Jones
    signed 2019-04-17 21:52:44 +0100
  • Hayley Williams
    signed 2019-04-17 21:34:02 +0100
    In solidarity with my Flintshire family and friends.
  • Sam Owen
    signed 2019-04-17 21:32:50 +0100
  • Bill Smith
    signed 2019-04-17 21:03:15 +0100
  • Katy Hulme
    signed 2019-04-17 20:56:50 +0100
  • Sian Williams
    signed 2019-04-17 20:55:30 +0100
  • Shirley Gibson
    signed 2019-04-17 20:32:54 +0100
  • Elaine Bennion
    signed 2019-04-17 20:27:19 +0100
    The Countess of Chester Hospital is my nearest hospital and when I have needed treatment this is the hospital I choose. I should be allowed to continue to choose this hospital despite living just over the border in Wales.
  • Lynn Massie
    signed 2019-04-17 20:22:29 +0100
  • Brenda Nicholas
    signed 2019-04-17 20:16:37 +0100
    You could class it as racism just because we are welsh well i hope this changes because its digusting if we said that about people going to wrexham hospital who were polish or any other race then we would get done but yet hospitals can ban people because they dont live in the area pathetic
  • Hayley Docherty
    signed 2019-04-17 20:09:51 +0100
  • Christine Docherty
    signed 2019-04-17 20:07:36 +0100
  • jeffrey Cartwright
    signed 2019-04-17 19:57:19 +0100
    Today while out shopping I got talking to a man who was sitting resting his knee, he told me that he was waiting for a second total knee replacement after his first replacement over two years ago.

    I told him that I had my knee replaced back in Oct 2017 in Wrexham after a long twenty month wait.

    He said I should have got my doctor to refer me over to Shrewsbury because that is where he will be going after the great service he received after his FIRST replacement.

    He then went on to tell me that he although he and his wife did actually live in CHESTER they asked there doctor to refer them over to Shrewsbury, which his doctor did with no problem at all !.

    He said he did not want to go to Chester ( his home town ) because his brother had received a poor out come from knee surgery at the C.C.H.

    I then brought up the sticky subject of Welsh people not being able to cross the border for new referrals anymore.

    His wife ( who I later found out worked on the admin team at Countess ! ) then joined into the conversation and said:- “The Welsh government will not pay there bills that’s why, it’s been going on for over 20 years and enough is enough”.

    I then pointed out that it hardly appears right or fair that if you live in Chester then by choice, are given the option to travel across the border to Wales to now have your second knee replaced when the Welsh people can not even get a new referral at Countess Of Chester hospital !
  • Matthew Smith
    signed 2019-04-17 19:50:02 +0100
  • Victoria Bennett
    signed 2019-04-17 19:04:36 +0100
  • Mark Rigby
    signed 2019-04-17 19:01:23 +0100
  • David Wilkinson
    signed 2019-04-17 18:02:08 +0100
  • James Davies
    signed 2019-04-17 17:50:13 +0100
    I was born at tbe countess and lived in deeside wales all my 42 years on this earth, i have alway been to the countess for operations and referrals, its absultley outrageous that the hospital is taking this stance, i pay my tax to the nhs so i wish to use the hospital of my choice not be discriminating against for living in wales
  • Peter Rigby
    signed 2019-04-17 17:29:19 +0100
    Peter Rigby
  • Lesley Hayes-Williams
    signed 2019-04-17 17:18:10 +0100

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