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Speaking up over Shire Hill
Thursday 28th September 2017 @ 15:46 by Adam Higgins
News Old Glossop

Solid support for keeping intermediate care beds at Shire Hill Hospital came from 90 people crammed into Bradbury Community House last Thursday night. 

The public meeting was called by NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group to hear reactions to new intermediate care proposals.

To everyone at the meeting, however, it seemed all about the CCG’s preferred option of transferring Shire Hill’s 36 intermediate care beds to the Stamford Unit near Tameside Hospital.

The move would see the closure of Glossop’s last remaining hospital, but save the local NHS more than £600,000 in reduced costs.

For more than an hour, audience members, which included High Peak MP Ruth George, local councillors and Shire Hill nurses came up with reasons why the hospital on Bute Street in Old Glossop should stay.

The nurses said they provided proven care at Shire Hill and everything the Stamford Unit could offer and challenged the CCG to invest more money into its hospital.

Karen James, chief executive of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group chairman Dr Alan Dow and Jessica Williams, programme director of Care Together Tameside and Glossop, answered the questions, stressing that no decision had been made and urged people to take part in the consultation, which closes on November 15.

They said the Stamford Unit with its intermediate care beds – like Shire Hill – was for people leaving hospital but not well enough to go home.

They also said that 80 per cent of patients in Shire Hill come from outside Glossop.

The meeting heard Karen James saying people wanted to be treated at home and how the CCG wanted to develop a Home Care package and drive up life expectancy.

But Cllr Ed Kelly said Glossop people wanted a local convalescent home.

While Glossop resident Tony Brocklebank said: “We feel in Glossop that we have been let down, George Street Clinic has few services, there’s a feeling we want to hang onto what we have.”

You can read more on page 15 of this week’s Glossop Chronicle, out on Thursday (September 28). 


Main picture:

Crowds: There was lots of interest with many people queuing to make sure they got a seat inside (Picture by David Jones)