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Biggleswade Hospital campaigners to hand over petition

Campaigners concerned about the possible closure of a Bedfordshire hospital will hand in a petition at a public meeting on Monday.

Residents worried that Biggleswade Hospital will close after a review of services in the area have collected 2,600 signatures.

The hospital acts as a respite centre for patients between hospital treatment and care in their home.

NHS Bedfordshire said "no decision has been made".

The trust said it was about to review bed provision, which would look at all its community beds, including those at the Potten Road site.

A statement read: "As this review has yet to take place, no options have been set out and no decision has been made regarding Biggleswade Hospital.

"No decision will be made without the involvement of patients, our partners and stakeholders."

'Not confident'

Local campaigner Doris Brunt said she was "not confident" that the hospital would stay open.

"If the trust wants to put our minds at rest they should say immediately that they have no intention of closing this hospital, instead they keep saying that no decision has been made," she said.

"That implies that closure is still an option that they are considering and that is the basis of our worry."

Campaigners will share their views with NHS managers at the Weatherly Centre in the town on Monday.

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