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Have your say on Glossopdale’s health care to mark NHS anniversary

Some of the health chiefs responsible for Glossopdale’s care have been invited to a public ‘speak your mind’ meeting.

With the recent closure of Shire Hill Hospital still raw with many people, there could be plenty of plain speaking.

High Peak MP Ruth George has organised the meeting to celebrate 70 years of the NHS – and to let Glossopdale people ‘have their say on local services.’

She is asking NHS staff, who want to remain anonymous, to email any questions to [email protected]

The meeting is on Thursday July 5, at Glossopdale School, Talbot Road, at 7pm, and everyone is invited.

Ruth said: “The anniversary of the founding of the NHS is a cause for celebration of the organisation and especially the people who work in it.

“I’ve asked the people in charge of our local NHS services to set out what’s happening to services in Glossopdale.

“We always want to see our NHS improving and the best way to do that is for patients and their carers to set out their experiences – good and bad – and suggestions for what’s needed.”

She added: “The current changes to our health services can be worrying, but there are also some good stories about improved services which I know our panel look forward to setting out.

“I’m delighted that our panellists include representatives of local GPs, the Clinical Commissioning Group, ambulance service, mental health provision and the ground-breaking ‘social prescribing’ that has been piloted in Glossop.”

Ruth wants people to go along with any comments on health services, experiences, good or bad or suggestions for what’s needed.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Alan Dow (Glossop and Tameside CCG); community paramedic Val Cochrane;  Tom Maloney (operational manager North West Ambulance Service); Dr Guy Wilkinson (Manor House Surgery); Sophie Glinka (head of social prescribing, The Bureau); Elaine Richardson or Jessica Williams (Tameside and Glossop CCG) and Dr Henry Ticehurst, medical director from Pennine Care.