8:00am Thu Dec 18, 2014
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.
Should health authorities follow the Hexham model for Newark Hospital?

eg: Restaurant, School
Heated debate
­— JOHN FREEMAN, Tinsley Close, Claypole.
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.
Looking ahead
VIC HALL, Queen Street, Balderton.
I have read with interest letters regarding Newark and Sherwood District Council’s plans to build a new headquarters in Newark at an estimated cost of £6m now that Kelham Hall is sold.

Putting on one side the cost of this project at a time of austerity, there is also the devolution of power from central government to consider.

If approved, what could this mean for office requirements for the district council? Would there even be a need for a district council as we know it?
NHS services under strain
D. L. EDBROOKE, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield (Rtd), Collingham (Full address supplied).
I write in response to the article, Councillors Voice Hospital Concerns (Advertiser, Dec-ember 4).

I was disappointed to learn that Dr Amanda Sullivan, the chief officer of Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, was still of the opinion that green-case patients are best taken to other hospitals than Newark.

All red-case patients (heart attacks, strokes and major trauma) should go to a major centre. This is evidence-based.
Smooth treatment
K. WOOD, Balderton (Full address supplied).
Being aware of the bad press the NHS has been receiving has made me want to write about the treatment I received at Newark Hospital.

After a referral from my GP at Lombard Medical Centre, Newark, to see a consultant I was given an appointment within a month.

After seeing the consultant I was told I needed an appointment at the endoscopy department and this was made for six days later on December 6.
Waste worry
­— EDWARD ROSS, Farndon (Full address supplied).
I read John Freeman’s letter (Climate Change Challenge, News Views, December 4) with great interest and understanding.

More than 40 years ago, during my Open University days, we discussed and publicised the dangers of global warning rapidly approaching.

Everyone in power thought nuclear power and cutting out gas-filled aerosols would be the answer.
Share costs and benefits
­— PAUL BAGGALEY, secretary, Say Yes to Newark Hospital.
It was recently reported in the national press that more people than ever had been admitted to hospitals in England in one week.

It was also reported locally that United Lincolnshire Hospitals (ULHT) had asked people not to visit the A&E unless it was really necessary.

The Advertiser carried a story (New Health Director Wants To Fill Hospital, November 20) in which the newly-appointed director for Newark Hospital stated that her objective is to ensure that the hospital is fully utilised.
Office move
— CAROLE LOWE, Nicholson Street, Newark.
I totally agree with Joanne Myers (Word From The Web, November 27) that Newark and Sherwood District Coun-cil should negotiate with Nott-inghamshire County Council to reopen the former Register Office building on Baldertongate, Newark, instead of splashing out £6m on new offices.

It would make good use of an existing building right in the centre of town and cost a fraction of the expenditure proposed on building a new one.

With the money saved, the council could come and repair the road and pavements along Nicholson Street where I live, which are in a dreadful state.
Fear factor
— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Codddington.
There seems to be growing concern about the potential waste of public money if Newark and Sherwood District Council builds new offices in Newark.

With austerity set to continue and services under threat it seems prudent that our elected representatives should resist the temptation to squander capital released from the sale of Kelham Hall.

In addition, building near the Castle Station level crossing is only going to add to the town’s traffic problems.
In the red
— BILL DAVIDSON, Queen Street, Balderton.
Does shadow chancellor Ed Balls not realise that every time he lambasts the Government for failing to reduce the financial deficit more quickly, he draws attention to the fact that he and Ed Miliband bear some responsibility for creating much of that deficit in the first place?
Thanks to...
— JAMES, ALEX and RUPERT PAY, Mitton Road, Whalley, Lancashire.
... the many hundreds of people who attended the thanksgiving service for Mr Peter Pay, a leading member of the Southwell community, that was held at Southwell Minster last month.

Our family is grateful for the love and support that has been shown at this time.

We also thank those who donated to the British Heart Foundation and Asthma UK.
Festive tunes
— TONY MARRIOTT, Parkway, Newark.
Newark and Sherwood Concert Band performed its annual Christmas concert in Collingham on Saturday, and what a concert it was.

There was all kinds of film and Christmas-themed music and carols.

A highlight was Rebekah Ackroyd telling the story, The Night Before Christmas, in between the band playing a medley of tunes that had the audience laughing.
Call for rethink
­— ROBERT SHEPPARD, Beckingham (Full address supplied).
As one of those said to be deluded by John Freeman (Climate Change Challenge, News Views, December 4) I feel the need to respond.

Mr Freeman believes there can be no serious debate about the idea that climate change is man-made and that we now know that unless the global emission of greenhouse gases is severely curtailed, and soon, there will be a catastrophe for our descendants.

I ask myself how he can know this is so.
Smelling a rat on climate change
­— COLIN SOUTHGATE, Coddington (Full address supplied).
I totally agree with John Freeman (Climate Change Challenge, News Views, December 4) that there should be a public debate on how our community can play its part in meeting the challenge of climate change, but that is the limit of our concurrence.

I find, however, the remainder of his comments demeaning to the many who have a right to alternative views on man-made climate change (and who intelligently question the sources of so-called facts that are paraded in the media) for this does not make them delusional, conspiratorial or in any form of denial.

Mr Freeman says it’s time to “smell the coffee.” Maybe my olfactory system is more sensitive, as all I can smell is a rat, as they say.

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