Letter: Patients choose the nearest hospital

Dear Editor

I have been offering some sort of choice to my patients for years (GP, 17 February). Most are adamant that they want to be seen in the local hospital, despite the reduction of services in recent years.

If services are not available in our local hospital, they grudgingly agree to travel seven miles to the district general hospital. This can take over 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

It took nearly that time a couple of years ago when I was dispatched to A&E by Blue Lights. One in 20 patients ask to be seen at the alternative hospital. They tell me that they do not want any other choice.

Dr Stephen Fox, Leigh, Lancashire.

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