Consultation before decisions are made

Mike Sparks a former asbestos inspector outside Heanor hospital.
Mike Sparks a former asbestos inspector outside Heanor hospital.

NHS bosses say a public meeting will be the first step to securing hospital services in Heanor.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CGG) pledged that health services will be provided locally in Heanor and said if the asbestos-riddled hospital needs demolishing, another NHS building will be built in its place at a meeting in January.

Patients and the public are now invited to attend a public meeting on May 29 to hear the latest on progress to review health services in Heanor, at St Lawrence’s Church, Church Street, from 7pm to 8.30pm. A formal three month consultation will be held within the next six months.

Andy Layzell, chief officer at NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said: “Finding asbestos at the hospital, combined with the age of the building, means that health services cannot be provided in the hospital building as it stands and we know from speaking with local groups and individuals that people now understand that to be the case. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the meeting where we will provide an update on everything we have been doing since our last meeting in January. We will report on any emerging themes coming out of our discussions with local people and sharing with everyone what our analysis of local health need is telling us.”

Among the possibilties being considered by bosses are a new NHS building which incorporates Heanor Health Centre and the possibility of locating some hospital beds in the new Florence Shipley Care Home. The meeting has been delayed to avoid the local elections on May 22.