A 90-day consultation period for residents to have their say on the future of health services in Heanor is under way after the closure of the town’s hospital.
Launched on Friday, July 11, people are able to voice their views on plans to bulldoze the asbestos-riddled hospital in Ilkeston Road and replace it with a new £2.5 million health unit.
People can have their say online, by email, post, or by attending one of four consultation meetings to be held by the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for hospital services.
Health bosses will also be attending the Heanor community fairs in August and September, which are held on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm, at St Lawrence Church, where they will take feedback on the plans.
Andy Layzell, CCG chief officer, said it was important for people to be involved with the process.
He said: “As a patient focused organisation, we want to ensure that everyone in Derbyshire has the opportunity to let us know their views. We will continue to listen to local people before we ask our governing body to make a decision.”
The consultation follows a public meeting, in May, where the CCG proposed the existing hospital and health centre should be replaced with a brand new NHS centre on the current site.
The consultation period runs until Friday, October 8, and a final decision will be made in November.
The four consultation meetings will be: Thursday, August 7, 2pm to 4pm at All Saints’ Church, Marlpool; 6pm to 8pm at Heanor Town Hall; Wednesday, September, 10, 2pm to 4pm at Langley Mill Miners’ Welfare; 6pm to 8pm at St Lawrence Church, Heanor. The formal hospital report is available online at: www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.