Southport CARES for Children

Coalition Against Removal of kids Emergency & other Services

Our campaign started when the NHS Trust decided to relocate our vital services for children and pregnant women to Ormskirk. 

This unbelievable decision is we believe totally unacceptable,  highly  dangerous to the patients involved and distressing to families in general. Southport is a large town built on the holiday industry which urgently needs these essential hospital services for visitors as well as the residents herein. 

We received 18,532 names on petitions which were presented to bosses from the NHS following a massive protest march (Sunday 17th August 03) at Southport Hospital. 

An estimated four thousand protesters took part in this historical march to show the Trust just how strong public disgust was against these highly unpopular and autocratic changes. 

These petitions were presented to number 10 Downing Street by CARES on Thursday 19th February 2004.
Since 2003 CARES have arranged and attended many meeting and protests. 

CARES Co-chairs Cath Regan and Margaret Brown have attended regular Stakeholder meetings with the NHS, PCT and others in an attempt to resolve this odious situation. 

The fight continues to bring back services to Southport. 

Please sign our petition
Why is this important?
We put forward something this town has needed since 2003, a minor injuries unit for children alongside an extension to the wonderful Brookdale dementia services, already next to that site. Let’s give something back to the community that is more important to our hearts than more shops. Margaret Brown and I (Cath Regan) are the co-chairs of CARES (Coalition Against Removal of kids Emergency & other Services), the team who fought tirelessly years ago for the return of our A & E and maternity services for our children.
It is about time the powers that be FINALLY did something right and good for our children and elderly. We don’t want more shops or houses; there are plenty of both lying empty in Southport, just somewhere closer than Ormskirk and Liverpool to take our sick children to.
Junior doctors are currently striking and A & E units are pushed to their limits. A minor injuries unit would give us the immediate peace of mind for our children, without 4 hour waiting times at an already full A & E. It is also a ‘perfect’ location between Formby and Southport with room for parking. Let’s finally return something that should never have been taken away thirteen years ago. I ask all parents, grandparents and families to support this and make it happen.

Threat to Southport A&E - 2017 update