Letter: We deserve a fully functional hospital

Patients face the long journey to Scarborough Hospital since the closure of some departments at Bridlington.
Patients face the long journey to Scarborough Hospital since the closure of some departments at Bridlington.

With the town trying to build its image from the time warp of the 1970s, East Riding of Yorkshire has so far spent about £20 million on rebuilding the Spa and Leisure World and a brand new hotel, which they seem to ignore the most obvious item every town the size of Bridlington requires. A regular and operational hospital.

Since 1985, when a brand new, state-of-the-art facility came the town’s way, after all the efforts of various bodies trying to build the wards and necessary facilities.
In the past few years, we have lost any A&E along with maternity, Macmillan and basic care in this town but what’s the answer when people are ill here? Ship them out 17 miles to Scarborough or 40 miles to Hull.

Have the government and health bosses lost the plot?

Let me give you a recent example, a neighbour of mine had to phone an ambulance at 22.30pm to take her to hospital with leg problems but as is the normal routine now, a journey all the way to A&E at Scarborough.

With the usual suspects in A&E, with a wait of five hours before any treatment, time ticked on until 5am, but then the bombshell - no transport home.
You have to book a taxi costing over £30.
It’s crazy.

The blame must fall not with the staff who have to put up with daily problems, but the East Yorkshire Council members who do nothing for the hospital; they need to be brought to account.
Unless the people in authority wake up, this town won’t have a hospital only the Spa, Leisure World and the Premier Inn!

Perhaps they could use the above as a hospital when they have closed the one they have.

Graham White
Haddon Road
Bridlington