An avid supporter of Banbury’s Horton General Hospital has set up an online petition to help safeguard its services.
Sian Kaye was born with short tendons and was the first person to have an operation to lengthen them at the hospital when she was aged just six.
She has set up the petition following the successful Save the Horton campaign in 2009 and the decision to transfer emergency abdominal surgery to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Mrs Kaye said: “The Horton is a vital service to the community and surrounding vast areas. It is of the upmost importance that this vital service is kept fully functional on the doorstep, without the major concerns of travelling to Oxford and beyond, which is near on impossible for many people.
“I ask the government to take into account the economics, population growth and the catastrophic events which will inevitably happen if the Horton is denied the services to work at full strength.”
Mrs Kaye was diagnosed with ulcerated colitis in 2000 and after years of treatment by staff at the Horton she was taken by ambulance to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in 2007 for an operation.
Despite the procedure being a success, the 57-year-old from Dashwood Road felt there was not the same continuity in Banbury when comparing it with the larger hospital in Oxford.
She said: “As a resident of Banbury, from a small child I have had treatment at the Horton and the treatment was second to none. The continuity was fantastic up there, and my specialist had such a fantastic team that worked together.
“The John Radcliffe has some fantastic specialists but there is not the continuity that you get from a local hospital like the Horton, where everybody is working towards a common goal.”
Mrs Kaye has uploaded videos on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. So far the petition has more than 1,000 signatures.
To sign the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/73576