Southport CARES for children

Coalition Against Removal of kids Emergency & other Services

Welcome to the official CARESwebsite for the campaign to restore children's A&E, children's ward & maternity services back to Southport Hospital. 

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. 

All data from the original CARES website has now been archived for posterity