We respond to NHS consultation on Shire Hill

17 November 2017

We've responded to an NHS consultation on the future of services at a local hospital and pledged to continue providing high quality services and support for the people of Derbyshire whatever the outcome.

In a response to the consultation on Shire Hill Hospital in Glossop, we've asked Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to listen to local people's concerns about changing the "well-regarded" service.

It also asks the CCG to take into account a number of issues when deciding on the future of services at the hospital, including:

  • the cost of transport and increased travel times if services transfer to the Stamford Unit at Tameside Hospital
  • availability of alternative services before any changes are made
  • Pressure on adult social care staff who would have to travel further to carry out assessments and support planning if services were to move to Tameside.

Tameside and Glossop CCG is proposing changes which could include transferring services to a hospital in Tameside or offering them in local private care homes or at home. Another option is to keep the hospital as it is.

The CCG's proposals are around Shire Hill's 36 "intermediate" care beds which help people:

  • avoid going into hospital
  • get well enough to go home after a stay in hospital
  • stay independent so they don't have to go into a residential home until they need to.

In a letter to the chair of Tameside and Glossop CCG's governing body Dr Alan Dow, our strategic director for adult care Joy Hollister states we will continue to work closely with the NHS to deliver quality care and support for local people.

She said:

"Whichever option is selected following the consultation, the authority will work through its adult care team and other staff based within Glossopdale to ensure we deliver the best service we can for local people once a decision about the location of the beds has been made."

The letter also reiterates our commitment to continuing to work closely with the NHS on an "integrated" approach to health and social care to ensure people get the care they need in the right place and at the right time.

Our cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Jean Wharmby added:

"I'm aware of the strength of feeling in the local community and hope that these views will be taken in to consideration.

"I can't pre-empt the outcome of this consultation which is part of Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group's plans for the future of health in the area. But whatever the outcome, I can assure residents that I will be working with our officers to maintain high quality care and support for Derbyshire residents."

The consultation by Tameside and Glossop CCG closed on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

Read our full response to the consultation.