Letters: Whitby needs more medical facilities

Whitby Hospital
Whitby Hospital

I am hoping someone can tell me, what is happening to the Whitby I was born and bred in and love?

Unfortunately, any children born to Whitby families can no longer say they are Whitby born, as we no longer have a working maternity unit, and now, to add insult to injury, we’ll be lucky if we can spend our final days here either.

I have a very dear friend who has lived here all her life, she will be 86 years old this week.

Due to illness and other factors, she has been in Scarborough hospital for a few weeks, but they have had to discharge her into a nursing home at Scarborough as they need the bed, apparently.

There are no vacancies in Whitby, why can’t she spend her final time, however long that may be, here in her home town, where friends and relatives are able to visit her regularly so she knows we are all thinking about her?

What is so wrong about opening one of the empty wards in our local hospital, we did have the Heather Unit but that has gone as well.

It is awful to think of her being so far away from us all.

Okay, 21 miles may not be far for some, but we don’t all have a car and the bus service won’t take us near to where she is so we would have to walk the rest, but, her sister isn’t in good health herself, so it would be too much for her, my mobility scooter won’t get me there either. All these new housing estates being built here in town must surely mean we need a fully working hospital, both maternity and everything else?

We need more facilities not fewer.

I hope to God when my time comes to shove off my mortal coil, that I am able to do so here in my town.

Isn’t it time we fought harder to get our hospital back as a complete working one, rather than have just one working ward.

Although, I can’t see why my friend can’t be moved into that ward for whatever time she has left, instead of all those miles from us all?

Carolyn Witt

Helredale Gardens

Whitby