Have your say on Shire Hill Hospital
Thursday 12th October 2017 @ 08:59 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

People locked out of a Glossop public meeting on the possible future of Shire Hill Hospital will have another chance to voice their concerns. 

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to hold a second one in Glossop.

This time, it will mean more people getting a chance to ask questions on options which could include shutting Glossop’s only hospital.

There was anger at Bradbury Community House last month when doors were shut 20 minutes before the meeting was due to start.

The main hall had reached its capacity of 90 people, which left dozens outside struggling to hear what was going on.

As a result, NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group decided to hold another public meeting in the town.

This time, it’s at Glossopdale School on Talbot Road – where the capacity is much greater – from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, November 1.

Location: Glossopdale’s Talbot Road site, which will host the second public meeting in Glossop

High Peak MP Ruth George is delighted that Glossop people are getting another chance to attend a CCG presentation on intermediate care provision, particularly as one option is shifting care beds from Shire Hill to the Stamford Unit on Darnton Road in Ashton.

She said: “At the public consultation meeting in Glossop, I asked the CCG to commit to an additional public meeting in Glossop, for all those people who couldn’t attend at the last minute and for those who were left outside, unable to get into the room.

“It is important that people from Glossopdale have their say in any decision regarding Shire Hill and that the CCG listen to the overwhelming support for Shire Hill Hospital and its staff.”

The MP went on: “The CCG has many questions to answer about the options they have presented in their consultation documents.”

Campaign: MP Ruth George has spearheaded the fight to save Shire Hill from potential closure 

Ruth says her own petition to save Shire Hill has received thousands of signatures from residents across the High Peak.

She added: “I urge everyone to have their say on the future of Shire Hill to the CCG by filling in a consultation form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/intermediatecareconsultation.

Glossop councillor Anthony Mckeown said: “There are currently 3,336 names on the online petition and I gave got 2,000 names on paper petitions and there are many more forms still out there in shops and surgeries that people can sign.”

Glossop residents were planning to attend a CCG presentation last night at Age UK Tameside in Ashton.

There is also a presentation on Tuesday at 6pm in Guardsman Tony Downs House on Manchester Road in Droylsden.

The public consultation is open until 15 November and you can take part by clicking here or pick up a paper copy at local GPs across Glossop and Tameside.

You can also write to NHS CCG at NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group, Dukinfield Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield, SK16 4LA or email [email protected].


Main picture:

Under threat: Shire Hill Hospital, the town’s only remaining hospital, on Bute Street in Old Glossop 


By David Jones