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Should health authorities follow the Hexham model for Newark Hospital?

9:07am Sun Dec 21, 2014
More than half the people who commute by car to Bingham park in public carparks or on the road, a survey has revealed.
6:48pm Sat Dec 20, 2014
Ben Vidler, a well loved former pub landlord, science teacher and vice-president of Newark Rugby Club, has died at the age of 49.
4:00pm Sat Dec 20, 2014
The list of mobile speed camera locations in Nottinghamshire for this week has been released.
1:25pm Sat Dec 20, 2014
Police are appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision involving a police car and a lorry.
12:07pm Sat Dec 20, 2014
The festive sound of Christmas carols was present in the Market Place this morning with a festive performance from the Newark Salvation Army Band.
2:19pm Fri Dec 19, 2014
Firefighters rescued a man from a car which left the road and ended up in a field.
1:24pm Fri Dec 19, 2014
People are being urged to check the opening hours of pharmacies in Newark during the Christmas period.
12:01pm Fri Dec 19, 2014
Patients and visitors can park for free at Nottingham's hospitals on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
11:53am Fri Dec 19, 2014
Tools and bicycles have been taken from garages in two villages in separate break-ins.
10:42am Fri Dec 19, 2014
Labour has held the Nottinghamshire County Council seat left vacant following the death of the county council's longest-serving member, Mrs Stella Smedley.
9:11am Fri Dec 19, 2014
Forty full and part-time jobs could be created if plans for a supermarket are approved.
8:33am Fri Dec 19, 2014
A village pre-school has been rated good in its latest Ofsted report, which says children make good progress in all areas of learning and development.
Heated debate
I recently commented on those correspondents who get bogged down over arguments about renewable energy in the face of the bigger and more important issue of climate change.

Letters from Mr Southgate (Smelling A Rat On Climate Change) and Mr Sheppard (Call For Rethink, News Views, December 11) illustrate my point.

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing us all, and the reason why world leaders have been in Lima this week to hammer out a new treaty on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

There the politics were not about whether man-made climate change can be halted, but about the will to tackle it.
­— JOHN FREEMAN, Tinsley Close, Claypole.
Case for change
THE example of Hexham Hospital, in Northumberland, deserves the full attention of those responsible for health services in this area. The hospital is run on a model that could be adopted at Newark.

It is MP Robert Jenrick’s preferred option for improved services at Newark Hospital.

The Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign wants the current Minor Injuries Unit to be upgraded to an Urgent Care Centre, which Hexham has.

For the majority of people, emergency care is at the heart of hospital services and enhanced provision is essential for a town and district where the population is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

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