Public meeting (tonight) to discuss future of threatened Leek hospital

COMMUNITY hospital campaigners have an opportunity to raise bed loss fears and other issues at a public meeting in Leek tonight (Oct 16).

The Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are staging five public meetings to debate the future of community hospitals.

Tonight’s two-hour opening meeting is at St Edward’s C of E Academy, on Westwood Road, Leek, and will run from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, with registration at 6pm.

The community hospitals in Leek and Cheadle are among the five across the district facing changes under cost-saving proposals put forward by the CCGs.

The other three are Haywood Hospital, Burslem; Longton Cottage Hospital and Bradwell Hospital.

Leek councillor Pam Wood, founder of the Leek Hospital Action Group, said: “I urge everyone who values services at Leek Moorlands Hospital to attend.”

One ward has already closed at the Leek hospital.

A similar public meeting is scheduled for November 29 at the Manor Hotel, Watt Place, Cheadle, to discuss the future of the town’s community hospital.

Ian Syme, North Staffordshire Healthwatch co-ordinator, said: The public should turn up and tell the commissioners what they think and what their needs are because all of the community beds, apart from Haywood, have been shut without consultation.

“The community hospitals should be re-opened. It will be close to impossible for the Royal Stoke University Hospital to cope this winter without the community beds,” he added.