Heanor patients will soon be able to have blood tests in their home town.
A blood clinic will be available in the Old Fire Station, Wilmot Street, just off the Market Place, from Thursday April 3l. It will be open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 12.30pm.
The arrangement has been made following talks between Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the service, and NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which plans and buys healthcare for the area’s 525,000 people.
The town’s phlebotomy clinic was switched temporarily to Ilkeston following last September’s discovery of asbestos in parts of Heanor Memorial Hospital, where blood was previously taken.
Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said: “Local GPs very much wanted to have blood taking services available in Heanor for the people of Heanor. Unfortunately, none of the GP practices had enough space or the right facilities to have this in their surgeries. However, we now have permission to use the old Heanor fire station until we can find a longer term solution.
“We’re also looking at how we can bring some of the outpatient clinics back to the hospital grounds, making use of the physiotherapy department at the back of the site. We promised that health services would be provided locally in Heanor and that, if we had to demolish the hospital, we’d put another NHS building in its place. We also vowed to be honest about what’s happening and to hold another public meeting in three months to report on progress.
“That meeting will take place on Thursday May 29 to share our thoughts on how services may develop in the future.”
The asbestos was detected during work to upgrade the hospital’s heating system, electrical wiring, fire alarms and telecommunications.
Andy Layzell, chief officer of the CCG, added: “Between now and the meeting on 29 May we will be meeting local people and local groups, gathering information and talking to them about what options we should be pulling together. We will be holding a formal three-month consultation period within the next six months to ensure that everyone has their say.”