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14 OCT

Hospital on standby for “surge capacity”

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A town hospital is set to remain open over the winter months to be used as a back-up for a possible surge in patients in the area. Cheadle Hospital has remained open since health chiefs decided, early last year, that the Royal Walk site will be “repurposed.”

A town hospital is set to remain open over the winter months to be used as a back-up for a possible surge in patients in the area.

Cheadle Hospital has remained open since health chiefs decided, early last year, that the Royal Walk site will be “repurposed.”

The hospital has been used, among other things, as a centre for a regional Covid-19 vaccine study.

The local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) voted in January last year in respect of the “future health and social care community-based services in the area.”

They voted for “Option 2b” which was to have “Leek Hospital Hub services delivered from existing Leek Hospital site (with rebuild) with Cheadle hospital site repurposed.”

At that time – in a joint statement from both the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation 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.”

Since then, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has unveiled a Cushman & Wakefield consultants’ report surrounding the possible future regeneration of Cheadle, in which included an option for the Cheadle Hospital to be demolished to make way for housing.

The Times & Echo has been informed recently that Cheadle Hospital “has been earmarked as a Winter back up for patients.”

We contacted the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust about this information and also to ask what the plans for Cheadle Hospital are in the future.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “Over the past 12 months, we have continued to provide a range of outpatient services from Cheadle Hospital, while the Trust has also run the phase 3 Novavax Covid-19 vaccine study from the hospital site, in association with the National Institute for Health Research.

Utilising beds for surge capacity at Cheadle Hospital will also be an option this winter should the need arise.”

The spokesman added: “With regards to the future of the Cheadle Hospital site, no decision has yet been taken.”

Meanwhile, the trust is advertising for a 12 months cleaning job vacancy at the site.

In the job advert for a Senior Housekeeper at Cheadle Hospital, a trust spokesman said: “We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, flexible and well-motivated individuals who take pride in their work, to work as a Senior Housekeeper at Cheadle Hospital.
“The successful candidate will be expected to maintain high standards of cleanliness and be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.
“The ideal candidates will be required to work flexibly and have the ability to adapt to an ever changing environment. They will need to be well organised individuals with the ability to prioritise their work load.

Shift times to be confirmed. This post is 25 hour working Monday – Friday. There may be a requirement to work at any one of our other MPFT sites.

We are committed to the delivery of a high quality patient experience so if you think that you have the skills and can deliver on our organisational values then come and join the team.”

To apply for the position at Cheadle Hospital, go online to: www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916770567

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