Buggy army marches on St Helier Hospital

Young and old marched on St Helier Hospital on Saturday

Young and old marched on St Helier Hospital on Saturday

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An army of buggies marched on St Helier hospital as part of a protest against potential threats on Saturday.

The Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaign organised for a group of mums and dads to gather outside the Carshalton Hospital with their youngsters in pushchairs and prams to raise awareness of the potential threats the hospital faces - most notably to its maternity and A&E departments.

Sutton Guardian:

The group outside the hospital

Despite unsettled weather, the group marched from the green outside the hospital to the Rosehill roundabout and back along Wrythe Lane to the hospital holding placards made by the families.

KOSHH spokesman Colin Crilly said: "Parents with buggies, and many other concerned people of all ages created a noisy, fun spectacle that was witnessed by local people, many members of staff at the hospital and the numerous passing cars and buses on the busy main road that passes directly outside the hospital.

"The family-themed day was helped by the home made placards and posters that children had made.

"There were also balloons, and many people had vuvuzelas that helped to increase the day's enjoyment. Some young people from the nearby skate part joined in."

The protest was to raise awareness off threats the hospital faces to its services in the face of impending Government reforms.

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12:22pm Mon 12 May 14

Michael Pantlin says...

If I'd have known about the event I would have joined in on my Shoprider.
If I'd have known about the event I would have joined in on my Shoprider. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 8

1:07pm Mon 12 May 14

LiberalsOut says...

I hope Messers Brake and Burstow had the sense to stay away as they both voted FOR the bill to make it easier to close hospitals
I hope Messers Brake and Burstow had the sense to stay away as they both voted FOR the bill to make it easier to close hospitals LiberalsOut
  • Score: 9

1:38pm Mon 12 May 14

Forty_two says...

LiberalsOut wrote:
I hope Messers Brake and Burstow had the sense to stay away as they both voted FOR the bill to make it easier to close hospitals
Well said LiberalsOut, and let's not forget they both voted for the Health and Social Care act 2012 which enabled the threat in the first place.

Saying either of those men want to "Save Our St. Helier Hospital" is a bit like saying that Lions are very fond of Wildebeest.
[quote][p][bold]LiberalsOut[/bold] wrote: I hope Messers Brake and Burstow had the sense to stay away as they both voted FOR the bill to make it easier to close hospitals[/p][/quote]Well said LiberalsOut, and let's not forget they both voted for the Health and Social Care act 2012 which enabled the threat in the first place. Saying either of those men want to "Save Our St. Helier Hospital" is a bit like saying that Lions are very fond of Wildebeest. Forty_two
  • Score: 8

1:55pm Mon 12 May 14

GrumpyofCarshalton says...

Can someone please let me know how I find out about these marches/ demonstrations as me and my family would be very keen to join in with any of these planned for the future. The doctors and nurses of the children's A&E as well as the children's ward have saved both my sons lives on more than one occasion due to a rare genetic condition and I for one would rather not take the chance of having to travel the extra distance to St George's in Tooting, when a minimum of an extra 15 minutes could make the difference between life and death for them.
SAVE OUR ST HELIER
Can someone please let me know how I find out about these marches/ demonstrations as me and my family would be very keen to join in with any of these planned for the future. The doctors and nurses of the children's A&E as well as the children's ward have saved both my sons lives on more than one occasion due to a rare genetic condition and I for one would rather not take the chance of having to travel the extra distance to St George's in Tooting, when a minimum of an extra 15 minutes could make the difference between life and death for them. SAVE OUR ST HELIER GrumpyofCarshalton
  • Score: 9

2:26pm Mon 12 May 14

alroutemaster says...

Thank God nobody else wanted to get a bus to the hospital that day. These buggies are a bloody menace on public transport.
Thank God nobody else wanted to get a bus to the hospital that day. These buggies are a bloody menace on public transport. alroutemaster
  • Score: -5

3:44pm Mon 12 May 14

David A says...

GrumpyofCarshalton wrote:
Can someone please let me know how I find out about these marches/ demonstrations as me and my family would be very keen to join in with any of these planned for the future. The doctors and nurses of the children's A&E as well as the children's ward have saved both my sons lives on more than one occasion due to a rare genetic condition and I for one would rather not take the chance of having to travel the extra distance to St George's in Tooting, when a minimum of an extra 15 minutes could make the difference between life and death for them.
SAVE OUR ST HELIER
You can follow KOSHH (Keep Our St Helier Hospital) on Twitter (@Save_St_Helier) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gr
oups/KOSHH). You can also email info@koshh.org. KOSHH is a campaign group which seeks to unite, under the one umbrella, the efforts and energies of all groups and individuals who wish to stop the downgrading and closure of services in SW London and especially at St Helier Hospital. We would welcome your support and participation, and Michael Pantlin's as well.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofCarshalton[/bold] wrote: Can someone please let me know how I find out about these marches/ demonstrations as me and my family would be very keen to join in with any of these planned for the future. The doctors and nurses of the children's A&E as well as the children's ward have saved both my sons lives on more than one occasion due to a rare genetic condition and I for one would rather not take the chance of having to travel the extra distance to St George's in Tooting, when a minimum of an extra 15 minutes could make the difference between life and death for them. SAVE OUR ST HELIER[/p][/quote]You can follow KOSHH (Keep Our St Helier Hospital) on Twitter (@Save_St_Helier) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gr oups/KOSHH). You can also email info@koshh.org. KOSHH is a campaign group which seeks to unite, under the one umbrella, the efforts and energies of all groups and individuals who wish to stop the downgrading and closure of services in SW London and especially at St Helier Hospital. We would welcome your support and participation, and Michael Pantlin's as well. David A
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Mon 12 May 14

dalljw says...

alroutemaster wrote:
Thank God nobody else wanted to get a bus to the hospital that day. These buggies are a bloody menace on public transport.
Good troll effort 8/10
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: Thank God nobody else wanted to get a bus to the hospital that day. These buggies are a bloody menace on public transport.[/p][/quote]Good troll effort 8/10 dalljw
  • Score: 2

5:34pm Mon 12 May 14

alroutemaster says...

dalljw wrote:
alroutemaster wrote:
Thank God nobody else wanted to get a bus to the hospital that day. These buggies are a bloody menace on public transport.
Good troll effort 8/10
Disappointed, I expected at least 9/10.......
[quote][p][bold]dalljw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: Thank God nobody else wanted to get a bus to the hospital that day. These buggies are a bloody menace on public transport.[/p][/quote]Good troll effort 8/10[/p][/quote]Disappointed, I expected at least 9/10....... alroutemaster
  • Score: -1

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