Over 110 people took an opportunity to help shape the future of NHS health services in the Leek area last night.
The listening event held at St Edward’s Church of England Academy enabled NHS health commissioners to gather the views of local people about the services they need.
Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs said: “The event was a real opportunity to explain that we want to improve services for people in the Moorlands and to do things better.
“We need to take account of the rural nature of the area when we design future health services. We have no wish to take services away from people in the Moorlands and we want to make sure that services meet local need.”
The event heard of the ambition to provide a specialist facility for the growing number of people living with dementia, and concerns about the future of Leek Moorlands Hospital and the services currently provided there.
Other concerns raised included:
- Reduction in public transport
- Expanding population and changing demographics
- GP out-of-hours
- Prevention of illness
- Mental health services
- Pressures on other nearby services
- Staff morale
Marcus said: “There is no reason why, working with the County Council and other partners, we cannot develop a proposal for a dementia centre of excellence in Leek as part of the wider proposals we will consult on next year. However we can only spend money once and we have to make sure we are spending it correctly.We think we can do much better for people in the Moorlands with the money available.”
The meeting was chaired by Peter Dartford, North Staffordshire CCG’s Lay Board Member for Patient and Public Involvement.
He said: “I would like to thank everyone who turned out for the event. There has never been any doubt about the strength of local feeling about services, and in particular the future of Leek Moorlands Hospital. We know we have to demonstrate we are serious about our commitment to the Moorlands. We shall do that by being open, honest and transparent.”
The event was the first of five planned across North Staffordshire and Stoke-onTrent. The feedback given from residents will help to develop the options that will be the subject of a formal consultation next year.
Future listening events, based around areas served by community hospitals, will be held at:
Thursday 9 November 2017, Port Vale Football Club Hamil Road, Burslem, ST6 1AW
Longton Cottage Hospital
Tuesday 14 November 2017, Bet 365 Stadium Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-onTrent, ST4 4EG
Thursday 23 November 2017, Bradwell Community Education Centre Riceyman Rd, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 8LF
Wednesday 29 November 2017, The Manor Hotel Watt Place, Cheadle, ST10 1NZ
All events run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.