8:58am Fri Aug 15, 2014
Next month London’s Olympic Park will once again be in use when more than 400 competitors from 14 nations compete in the Invictus Games — a competition organised for wounded members of the Armed Forces.
Do you back firefighters who were on strike in a dispute with the government over pay and pensions?

eg: Restaurant, School
Wartime losses
— Janet Roy, Dysart Road, Grantham.
MY great-grandmother was a tiny, frail-looking woman, always dressed in black. In her younger years she ran a newsagents near the White Swan pub, Northgate, Newark.

Her name was Ellen Grosse and when she could no longer work in the shop her daughter, Nellie, took over.

My great-grandmother lost three sons in that terrible first world war, Thomas, Joseph and Alfred Grosse.
No going back
— Phil Lambley, Lovetts Close, Hinckley.
My maternal grandfather, Edgar R. Webber, lived in Newton Street, Newark. He was called up, aged 37, in 1917 to join the Royal Flying Corp, which later became the RAF.

He was given a carrier bag of food and told to find his way to the airfield in France.

He told me that the pilots, when not flying, would go horse-riding in the mornings and at night would often wrestle each other in the mess. He had to step over them to take messages from the Commanding Officer.
Wrong course
— Mrs Kay Cutts, Conservative Group leader, Nottinghamshire County Council.
Labour councillors are seeking to imply that the loss of bus services previously supported by Nottinghamshire County Council is an inevitable consequence of the budget efficiencies process, but in reality they made a choice.

In February, they voted against a fully-costed alternative budget presented by the Conservatives, including an additional £800,000 over two years to protect supported bus services.

There is no doubt that the council must continue to change the way it delivers services to make public money go further, but within these constraints the allocation of funding still boils down to Labour’s priorities.
Support for rail crossing closure
— G. Peck, Bullpit Road, Balderton.
I would like to give a different view to the proposed closure by Network Rail of the Bullpit Road crossing at Balderton.

As a resident of Bullpit Road I can appreciate the concerns that the public have. However, it is my opinion residents should consider the benefits of closing it because we have experienced problems that crossings cause.

The Bullpit Road crossing quite clearly marks the end of the residential area and the start of the rural area. This allows criminal activity to occur on the residential side while the rural area allows them to disappear into the night.
Logic needed
— John Harding, Salisbury Road, Newark.
I so want to believe the statement released by Paul O’Connor, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, about the removal of the CT scanner at Newark Hospital (Right Decision For The Right Clinical Reasons, Advertiser, August 7).

Mr O’Connor assures us that the trust is fully committed to Newark Hospital, which he describes as a thriving hospital that is continuing to treat more patients year on year. While I am very pleased to read both these remarks, I am left wondering why many people, allegedly including hospital staff, fear services are being withdrawn from Newark Hospital.

I do not understand the logic of leaving accommodation in the hospital unused while parking a mobile CT scanner permanently in space that might otherwise be used for parking by patients and their relatives.
Prompt help
— Michael John Swain, The Gateway, Newark.
I would like to thank Mr Robert Magall, manager of the Rutland Arms, for calling the paramedics when my wife was suddenly taken ill in Newark.

Mr Magall kindly let us use the pub’s facilities, where the paramedics took care of her.

I also thank Lincoln Hospital, especially ward SCEA, for a marvellous job.
Staff praised
— Paul Dachtler, Farndon (full address supplied)
I recently had to visit the minor injuries unit of Newark Hospital. I was suffering with a cardiac issue so wasn’t sure if I would be looked after or referred to another larger hospital.

I must applaud the nurses and doctor who looked after me. They were kind, understanding and most professional.

What a wonderful hospital we have in Newark. Long may it continue.
Trust to blame
— David Hinchley, Acacia Road, Balderton.
We are losing a life-saving scanner at Newark Hospital because it is being moved to King’s Mill.

A nurse told me people were leaving the NHS because the NHS trust is the problem. The trust is not about saving lives, it is about saving response times.

I have been to NHS Trust meetings and they are a waste of time.
Another loss
— Mrs Doreen Langford, Marlborough Close, Newark.
How much more can I say of my concerns for our NHS and particularly Newark Hospital?

I now read that we are to lose yet another piece of equipment — the CT scanner.

At the hospital open day I visited the area where the scanner is kept and was told it was used by around 30 patients a day, so why are we now told differently?
Lack of respect
— Margaret Collingham, Combs Farm, Farnsfield.
I am incensed that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust should have so much disdain for a gentleman who discovered a machine to forward medicine so much (Scanner Loss An Insult, Say Family Of Its Inventor, Advertiser, July 31).

Do they have no respect or feelings for those to whom we owe so much?

Care seems to me to be the last thought of those so-called modern thinkers who run our hospitals.
Hospital management change needed
— Paul Baggaley, Newark town councillor and Say Yes To Newark Hospital secretary.
Newark Hospital must not lose its CT scanner and this must be the turning point. The point that we see a reinvestment and reinstatement of services at the hospital. The point that we see services brought closer to the patient. The point that people who live in this area are finally given a voice and are involved in the development of their healthcare.

For five years we have seen a gradual stripping away of services from the hospital. We have seen wards close, beds lost, a decline in the number of ambulances bringing patients to Newark and increases in the time it takes to transfer patients.

What we have not seen is the promised improvements in care.

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