No decision on the future of a community hospital in the Moorlands has been made yet but talks are taking place with regards to it possibly being part of a joint development in a town centre. In January of this year we reported that Cheadle Hospital was set to be “repurposed” after medical authorities voted on future health and social care community-based services in the area.
No decision on the future of a community hospital in the Moorlands has been made yet but talks are taking place with regards to it possibly being part of a joint development in a town centre.
In January of this year we reported that Cheadle Hospital was set to be “repurposed” after medical authorities voted on future health and social care community-based services in the area.
The decision on Cheadle Hospital, located on Royal Walk, came after members of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) Governing Bodies voted on which Integrated Care Hubs ‘option’ they wanted to see implemented at a meeting on Tuesday, January 21.
Out of several choices, members elected to vote in “Option 2b” which stated that: “Leek Hospital Hub services delivered from existing Leek Hospital site (with rebuild) with Cheadle hospital site repurposed.”
Recently, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader, councillor Sybil Ralphs, made a statement during a council meeting – the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel’ on Wednesday, November 18: “I have to say tonight that the CCG are walking away from the (Cheadle) hospital. The hospital will be redundant.”
During the same Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel meeting councillor Norma Hawkins stated: “The Midland Partnership has already determined what they propose they are going to use the (Cheadle) hospital for.”
The Times & Echo has contacted both the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), who run Cheadle Hospital, and the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs who commission the services at the hospital, for a response to the councillors statement surrounding Cheadle Hospital.
In a joint statement from both the trust and the CCG, a spokesman said: “No decision has yet been taken by the CCG on the future of Cheadle Hospital following the decision earlier this year to agree the preferred option of Leek Moorlands Hospital as the integrated care hub for the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“The CCG and MPFT continue to work together around options for the Cheadle site, including the potential of working with both the district and county councils on a joint development in the town centre.”
In October, we reported that Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust had started to use the Cheadle Hospital site to carry out a 12-month long Covid-19 vaccine study.
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