Full range of Addenbrookes and Papworth services to be restored for residents after R4U intervention

After intervention by R4U, residents of north Uttlesford will again have full access to Addenbrookes and Papworth Hospitals, with the restoring of cardiology services from 2nd August.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd, Essex County Councillor for the Saffron Walden division, said “Since I was elected in May I’ve pushed for full services from the Cambridge hospitals to be restored to local residents. Access to cardiology services at the Cambridge University Trust hospitals was stopped for North Uttlesford residents some 4 years ago, in theory on a temporary basis. I’m delighted to have been able to work with the NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) and Uttlesford District Council to immediately get full services restored. Additional capacity at Papworth Hospital will be made available for North Uttlesford residents.”

Cllr Gadd continued “We have been told that cardiology services at Addenbrookes will remain under pressure, with long waiting times for non-urgent care, although the Cambridge hospitals are working to address this. I’m very grateful for the swift response from WECCG, and from the Cambridge University and Royal Papworth Hospital Trusts. North Uttlesford residents should be able to take comfort that their GPs will again have full referral rights to the Cambridge hospitals.”

Mike Tayler (R4U) Mike Tayler (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Mike Tayler, Uttlesford District Councillor for Thaxted and former GP, said “On behalf of UDC, I should like to give my thanks also to the West Essex CCG and the Cambridge hospital trusts. The restoration of full referral services to the Cambridge hospitals is very important for local residents.”

The NHS has confirmed that thye classify North Uttlesford as patients registered with the Crocus (Saffron Walden/Great Chesterford), Gold Street (Saffron Walden/Great Chesterford), Newport and Thaxted GP surgeries; and South Uttlesford as Angel Lane (Dunmow), John Tasker House (Dunmow), Elsenham Stansted, and Eden (Hatfield Health) surgeries.

At the beginning of July the NHS confirmed to R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd that residents of north Uttlesford would retain their right of access to Addenbrookes Hospital. Before the May local elections the previous county councillor had indicated that patient referrals would only be allowed to the Princess Alexandra in Harlow, causing a local outcry. You can read the news article about that here. This new agreement expands GP referrals to cover all Addenbrookes and Papworth services.

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties. R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.

R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.