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THE current controversy surrounding maternity services at Solihull Hospital can also apply to their policy of transferring elderly fall victims to Heartlands because Solihull Hospital does not have any beds available for trauma patients unless they are able to travel there with their own transport.

THE current controversy surrounding maternity services at Solihull Hospital can also apply to their policy of transferring elderly fall victims to Heartlands because Solihull Hospital does not have any beds available for trauma patients unless they are able to travel there with their own transport.

I am writing from bitter personal experience because I have now lost both of my parents as a result of them being sent to Heartlands and subsequently dying from a pneumonia virus.

Although I was advised that there is no difference in the infection rates between Solihull Hospital and Heartlands, the fact remains that elderly people are very vulnerable to infections and Heartlands has a far higher turnover of patients and visitors who may be carrying various and numerous types of viruses and diseases.

John Brightling, Rectory Gardens, Solihull

 

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