£2.5 million set for new NHS centre

Around £2.5 million of funding is in place to build a new NHS facility in Heanor to replace an abestos-riddled hospital that was closed last year.

A public meeting tomorrow night will reveal the news and see NHS bosses answer questions from the public at St Lawrence’s Church, Church Street, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Andy Layzell, chief officer at NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Given the current status of austerity, I think it’s a pretty strong commitment to Heanor that we have been able to find that funding.

“People know that we need to demolish and they want a new NHS centre.”

Mr Layzell also pledged to preserve the memorial plaques and benches at the Ilkeston Road hospital and make sure they were transferred to the new building.

He said he wanted to hear ideas from the public about ways to maintain a connection between Heanor and the health facility.

He said: “We don’t expect there to be inpatient beds in the new building - but there will be hospital beds nearby - in local care homes and at the Florence Shipley Centre.”

The meeting will cover how much progress has been made since a public meeting in January, when the CCG made four pledges to the people of Heanor: that health services will be provided locally in Heanor; that if the hospital needs demolishing, another NHS building will be built in its place; that NHS organisations will be honest about what is happening; that there will be a public meeting in three months to report on progress. The meeting was delayed to avoid a clash with local council elections.

Mr Layzell said: “We will be going back over the four pledges we made at the first meeting and tell people how we have honoured them.”

A report is due in July which will be followed by a formal three-month consultation.