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Last Updated: Monday, 24 September 2007, 06:34 GMT 07:34 UK
Demo over hospital unit closure
Savernake Hospital
The hospital was recently rebuilt under the private finance initiative
People protesting against the closure of a minor injuries unit in Wiltshire are beginning a series of vigils.

The unit, at Savernake Hospital in Marlborough, is one of four in the county due to shut next Sunday after a review of health services.

It re-opened just two years ago after a 9.5m private finance initiative scheme to re-build the hospital.

The vigils are due to take place outside the hospital every day this week from 0800BST until 2200 BST.

Consistent care

Campaigner Val Compton said the government had made a point of providing care locally, giving patients choice and making good use of community hospitals.

But she said: "The primary care trust feel they can build, open and close departments within the space of a couple of years. Has the world gone completely mad?"

Two other minor injuries units remain in the county - one in Trowbridge and one in Chippenham.

Services will also be available at the Clover Unit next to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and at walk-in centres in Bath and Swindon.

Managing Director of Wiltshire Community Health Services, Jenny Barker, said: "The new arrangements will ensure safe, high quality care consistently, as patients and health staff will know what is available and when."

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