Save Newark Hospital

Protecting Newark Healthcare Jobs and Services

The Save Newark Hospital Campaign has a new name – “Say YES to Newark Hospital”. Our new website is under development please check back soon for more information. In the meantime please update your bookmarks to point to our new site which will be

Thank you for your continued support and best wishes for the festive season.

  • We believe that the people living in and around Newark need good access to hospital services and emergency care.
  • Many decisions about NHS services do not seem to be made in the best interests of local people.
  • The Save Newark Hospital Campaign (SNHC) wants to make sure that the concerns of ordinary people are heard by our health providers.
Our vision is to establish Newark Hospital as a treatment centre for the vast majority of emergency cases that do not require specialist care. A centre, that will save the unnecessary movement of patients and allow more people to be treated locally.
This means
  • Suitable level of emergency care and assessment
  • Suitable out of hours cover
  • The reopening of Newark Hospital to admissions 24/7
  • Appropriate protocols with ambulance services that would allow most patients to be taken to Newark Hospital and would permit the return of some emergency ambulances.
  • Telemedicine and support from other hospitals
  • Rotation of staff, so that staff retain skills
  • Improved public and patient transport
  • New look at Friary Ward – With some inpatient beds, psycho geriatric care and respite care
  • The reopening of Castle Ward
SNHC is a non party political group providing a voice for the population of Newark and District campaigning for healthcare services at Newark Hospital that people in the area want expect and is achievable.

The first Annual General Meeting of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign was held on Thursday 21st July 2011 and was a huge success. Thank you to all members who attended and to those of you who joined the campaign on the evening.


Our campaign continues with a further membership push. If you are not already a member please print the form on this page and send it with your donation of at least £1 to:

Paul Baggaley
The Save Newark Hospital Campaign
93 Charles Street
NG24 1RN

Alternatively please use the link on the right hand side of this page.

If you are already a member please give the form to a friend and ask them to join the campaign. With your help we can secure the future of Newark Hospital and improve healthcare services in the town.

Thank you again for your continued support.

The first Annual General Meeting of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st July 2011 at the Holy Trinity Community Centre, Boundary Road, Newark.

This is your chance to find out what the campaign has achieved to date and what our plans are for the future. The meeting is open to everyone and you will have a chance to speak, although only our members can vote on resolutions. To be able to vote at future meetings please join the campaign.

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual General Meeting.

As you are probably aware, the Save Newark Hospital Campaign achieved a significant victory on 4th April 2011 when the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Nottinghamshire County Council voted to refer the Newark Healthcare Review to the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, for an independent review.

We have now made our submission to the Secretary of State and have made the information available for supporters to view and download. To download a copy of the submission or view it online please visit our downloads page at

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on progress and to let you know what you can do to help.

Over the past six months we have been campaigning for an Independent Review of the plans for the reconfiguration of services at Newark Hospital and we have been successful in gaining the support of Councils at Newark, Southwell, Collingham, Sutton on Trent, Balderton, Farndon, Fernwood, Collingham, Claypole, Coddington, North Muskham, Winthorpe and our local MP Patrick Mercer.

We believe that the Newark Health Care Review has understated the impact of population growth in the area and excluded communities close to Newark from the consultation process.  Additionally, there has been a change of Government since the completion of the review that has placed increased importance on patient power and patient choice and that the key test of patient choice has not been met.

At 6.30pm on February 3rd 2011 at Newark Town Hall there will be a public meeting hosted by Patrick Mercer to discus healthcare in Newark.  This is probably your last chance to make yourself heard and send out a clear message to the PCT and Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust that the changes to services at Newark Hospital are unacceptable.

If there is anyone else that you know that would like to come along please ask them to attend. Finally please visit and “Like” our Facebook page at

Thank you for your continued support.

The Save Newark Hospital Campaign today announced that Dr Peter Jones, the recently retired leading local GP and National Clinical Lead for Primary Care in the Cancer Services Collaborative Improvement Partnership (CSCIP), has offered to help form an advisory group to try to help establish what services could and should be developed at Newark Hospital.

It is intended that Dr Jones will help establish a group of local GPs and healthcare professionals to help inform the debate on the proposed reduction of services at Newark Hospital.

Paul Baggaley, Secretary of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign, welcomed Dr Jones saying, “many local people believe that they were misled by NHS Nottinghamshire County over the Newark Healthcare Review and are disappointed that the major issues for the future of healthcare in Newark were not up for consultation.  Dr Jones and his colleagues will help provide the technical knowledge and understanding to help to continue the fight to save healthcare jobs and services in Newark.”

Dr Jones stated that “I believe that healthcare services in Newark are under threat.  I am delighted to be able to assist and I hope that I and my colleagues can help guide what services should and could be developed at Newark Hospital.”

Francis Towndrow, newly appointed Chair of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign commented “this is a major step forward for the campaign and will help provide important support for the case for an independent review.”

The data entry event at the Tom Mann Pavilion, Devon Park, Newark has been rearranged for Thursday 7th October from 5pm to 9pm. Please join us if you can.

Due to the massive success of our recent ballot we require further assistance with the inputting of responses. If you can spare some time on Wednesday evening please come along to the Tom Mann Pavilion, Devon Park, Newark on the evening of Wednesday 6th October. The pavilion will be open from 5pm to 9pm. Even if you can only spare 30 minutes please come along to help. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for all helpers.

After the successful launch of the SNHC ballot we have over 2,000 ballot papers to record and enter.

On Saturday 14th August at the Tom Mann Pavilion, Devon Park, Newark, NG24 4RZ we will processing the ballot papers and would like to invite you to help. The process is data entry and so a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required. Laptops will be provided as will tea and coffee.

We will be open for business from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. If you need more information please e-mail,  otherwise please come along on the day. Just an hour of your time would be greatly appreciated.

We are holding another market stall on Saturday 24th July on Newark Market. Please visit us to say hello.

On the stall you will be able to talk to members of the campaign and discuss our latest plans for action to save services at Newark Hospital.

You can also hand in your completed ballot paper as printed on the front page of the Newark Advertiser following the kind donation of their advertising space by Jane Young Fashions of Chain Lane, Newark.