Health bosses have urged residents to have their say on the future of health services in Heanor during a 90-day consultation period.
People are invited to two meetings to be held on Thursday, August 7, to voice their views on plans to bulldoze the asbestos-riddled town’s hospital and replace it with a new £2.5 million health unit.
The meetings, to beheld by the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are taking place as part of the public consultation launched on Friday, July 11.
Andy Layzell, chief officer of the CCG, said it was crucial that people gave their views.
He said: “It is important to stress that we need the views of local people – this is their town after all. We want to accommodate for the needs of the people in Heanor.
“We look forward to meeting with local people from Heanor and surrounding areas. The purpose of this consultation is to see what people think and how we might be able to address their concerns.
“The meetings on 7th August are an important part of this process and I would urge people to book their place.”
The meetings will be held at All Saints’ Church, Marlpool from 2pm to 4pm and at Heanor Town Hall from 6pm to 8pm.
The consultation period follows a public meeting, in May, where the CCG proposed that the existing hospital on Ilkeston Road should be replaced with a brand new NHS centre on the current site.
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.
The consultation period runs until Friday, October 8, and a final decision will be made in November.
People will need to book their place at one of the events as space is limited. Places can be booked by calling 01332 868677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org People can also have their say online, by email or post.
The formal hospital report is available online at www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.
The new site will offer a range of outpatient services including care for dementia.