Fight stepped up to save Shire Hill
Thursday 7th September 2017 15:13 News Old Glossop Posted by Adam Higgins

The fight to save Glossop’s last remaining hospital has moved on, with Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group challenged to a face-to-face meeting. 

Glossop Save Our Shire Hill Hospital Group – who are determined it should stay open – has sent personal letters to members of the commissioning group inviting them for talks.

It’s asking the recipients to reply and say if they will attend.

The letter wants the members to explain before a meeting of the public and press why the hospital is under threat and to answer questions.

The group want the meeting to take place this month, at a date and time to be agreed.

Group leaders stress that the hospital has a special place in the hearts of Glossopdale people who don’t want to see it closed at any price.

Last week, we revealed how the Bute Street hospital is under threat as part of intermediate care proposals.

READ MORE: Shire Hill Hospital faces threat of closure

One of the options involves closing Shire Hill, which has 36 intermediate care beds for people who are terminally ill or need time to recover from serious operations, and moving the facilities to Tameside Hospital.

The CCG say the vast majority of patients who require Intermediate Care are referred into Intermediate Care beds as a step down from the hospital before they return, therefore having the one location on the hospital site will involve less disruption to patient care through transfers.

They also say it would provide easy access and short journey times for health care professionals and support services and their approach to Intermediate Care is to support people in their own home wherever possible.

A petition to save the hospital has already received around 3,000 signatures.

High Peak MP Ruth George is also against the closure and is asking to residents to make their feelings known as part of the consultation process.

Councillors from the area’s main political parties also want to keep Shire Hill Hospital open.

Borough councillors Godfrey Claff, Fiona Sloman and Nick Longos have spoken out against the proposals.