COUNCILLORS are set to hear from the authority behind moves to potentially close Cheadle Hospital. Accountable officer for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Marcus Warnes, will attend a meeting of Cheadle Town Council on Monday. The meeting comes ahead of a public workshop at The Manor in Cheadle next month.
Mr Warnes and associate director of communications and engagement Anna Collins will both speak at Cheadle Town Council’s meeting on Monday, January 21 at 7pm.
As at all public meetings held by the town council, a public participation session will be held as part of the agenda, giving residents the opportunity to speak.
A consultation is currently underway into the future of the site, although the ‘preferred option’ would see the building cease to operate as a base for health services.
The consultation will last for 14 weeks, finishing on Sunday, March 17.
The proposals are based around a new model of care which will include integrated care hubs providing services in the community as part of a drive to improve recovery rates by allowing people to return home sooner.
While the consultation encompasses a huge swathe of North Staffordshire, the main proposals for the Staffordshire Moorlands are the creation of an integrated care hub based either at Moorlands Hospital in Leek, at a new building on the site of the Moorlands Hospital, at Cheadle Hospital or at Kniveden in Leek.
The preferred option in the consultation document is for a newly built hub on the current site of Moorlands Hospital.
Cheadle Hospital, which was opened by Princess Anne in 1989, is cited as ‘an older building’ in the consultation document and would require £1.63 million to reopen.
Mr Warnes said: “It is really important for as many people as possible to respond to the consultation survey.
“This is why we are holding a number of events and getting out into the local community to talk to people and make them aware of what we are proposing and how they can have their say.
“In addition to our public workshop events and stands at local shopping centres, we are also visiting local community group meetings, voluntary sector meetings such as the local VAST group and resident’s association meetings as well as holding small focus groups with representatives of vulnerable people.”
One of five public workshops will be held at The Manor, Cheadle on Monday, February 25 from 7pm to 9pm.
To book a place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘Future of Local Health Services’, visit the consultation website at www.healthservicesnorthstaffs.nhs.uk, call 01782 298002 or email: email@example.com.
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