One of Heanor’s longest serving doctors says medical staff should ‘put their heart and soul’ into saving the town’s hospital.
Dr Jim Noble, who has practiced in Heanor for 35 years, made the call ahead of a public meeting to decide the future use of the asbestos riddled facility on Ilkeston Road at Heanor Town Hall, at 7.30pm, on January 30.
The GP at Kelvin Grove Surgery on Hands Road said although a renovation of the 1925 site would be costly - and a new building even more so - the outpatient facilities it could offer would be vital to the people of the town.
He said: “The local hospital really has got a function of looking after a patient who has already been diagnosed and treated and is ready for convalescence.
“It’s important that the medical staff, I believe, put their heart and soul into rescuing something for Heanor.”
Dr Noble said the blood clinic at the hospital and other services, such as orthopaedic consultancy, take vital strain away from the major hospitals in Nottingham and Derby.
“It’s not just the older people that will struggle getting to Ilkeston or Derby for the phlebotomy (blood) clinic,” he said. “It’s also for the younger people that work in Heanor, who might need a blood test, a diabetes check-up. It’s important a patient can have a normal life as possible and still be treated.”
The hospital has been closed since September after asbestos was discovered throughout. Last week NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group announced that healthcare “cannot be provided in the hospital building as it stands.”