Time is running out to have your say on Shire Hill
Saturday 11th November 2017 @ 08:05 by Adam Higgins
News Old Glossop

Time is running out for residents of Glossopdale to have their say in a public consultation on the future of Shire Hill Hospital in Old Glossop.

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group are consulting on three options on the future of intermediate care services in the area.

Option 1 is to maintain current arrangements but Option 2 – the CCG’s preferred option – is to move all-bed based intermediate care into a single location at the Stamford Unit at Tameside Hospital. Option 3 is to develop a scheme of bed based intermediate care within local private care homes.

But both options 2 and 3 would see all beds removed from Shire Hill, which currently provides a number of community health services and 36 beds for Intermediate Care to support people who are terminally ill or need time to recover from serious operations.

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A campaign called ‘Save Our Shire Hill Hospital’ was launched by concerned residents across the area which received national headlines and a petition consisting of thousands of signatures was taken to Parliament by High Peak MP Ruth George, who feels that the potential closure of the town’s only remaining hospital ‘would be a great loss to Glossopdale’.

Two public meetings have also been held in Glossopdale to allow locals to voice their opinions to a panel from the NHS CCG.

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NHS CCG’s preferred option is to provide all bed-based Intermediate Care at the Stamford Unit within Tameside Hospital, which they say “offers single room en-suite accommodation with good public transport links, parking facilities and is easily accessible for patients and relatives.”

In a statement, it added: “In doing this, we would improve the quality and accessibility of intermediate care for residents across Tameside and Glossop as a whole, while focusing on and investing in providing care at home wherever possible. It follows almost three years of discussion involving patients, the public and NHS professionals.

“It also means that patients can have closer access to the range of specialist services provided at the hospital should they be needed. One floor of the Stamford Unit has been designed to be dementia friendly with access to outside space and wandering routes, which will also enable us to provide care in a unit which is better equipped to support patients with dementia.”

The consultation is open until Wednesday, November 15, 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].