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Health bosses say there are no proposals to close A&E at Stafford

Bosses from a partnership looking at overhauling health and care services in Staffordshire say there are no plans to close the A&E at Stafford's County Hospital.

This week, a 12 week public consultation has been started by Together We're Better - a group of NHS and local government organisations, working alongside Healthwatch and voluntary and community sector groups.

It says it wants to understand experiences of health and care services, but also understand what is most important to people when changes are being considered.

With one of the key areas it is due to discuss with patients, residents, staff and carers being 'simplifying the local urgent and emergency care system', fresh fears were sparked about the future of the department.


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Petitions have been launched, calling for it to be safeguarded.

Borough Councillor Louise Nixon set one up, to be sent to the Government, which wants to 'Stop the plans to dismantle Stafford A and E and provide a fully functional 24/7 A and E for all members of the community including children.'

Around 400 people have also signed a petition by Stafford Constituency Labour Party for the attention of local health commissioners, saying 'In response to yet another consultation concerning Health Care in Staffordshire, we call for re-instatement of a full 24 hour A&E department at Stafford Hospital. We also want to see re-instatement of all the services axed from the hospital over the last decade and protection of Health Services across Staffordshire from further cuts.'

But people are being reassured there are no proposals to make changes. 

Simon Whitehouse, Director for Together We’re Better, said: "We recognise that this is part of the system that is under pressure, and has significant level of demand on it.

"We don't always make it easy in the health service for people to get to the right place and get the care they need, so we need to make sure we have a pathway that people can follow so they make the right choices.

"At this point it is about listening to people's views about what their experience of what health and care services are.

"This is a very genuine opportunity for people to input into the development of our thinking and planning across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, for a plan that will be produced in the autumn of 2019.

"That will look to shape how services develop locally to meet the needs of the population.

"It is absolutely an opportunity for people to come and say what matters to them."

A 'listening event' taking place at the Riverway Centre in Stafford this evening (6 June) is already fully booked, so Together We're Better has committed to organising a second event there.

As well as urgent and emergency care, attendees will be asked for their views on:

  • Developing a new vision for health and care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that is focused on high quality community-based care centred on the patient – this will include maternity services, mental health services and planned care (surgery and outpatients)
  • How the local health and care system can embrace and fully utilise new technology and ensure the buildings we deliver services from are fit for purpose
  • Reviewing the use and function of the community hospitals in South Staffordshire
  • Exploring what ‘integration of health and care services’ really means for local people
  • Identifying additional priorities that will deliver clinical and financial stability.

Anyone unable to attend the events can give their feedback online.

Listening Events

Date

Time

Location

Book

Thursday 6 June

7pm-9.30pm (registration from 6.30pm)

Entrust, Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH

*Fully booked - please join the online waiting list here

Wednesday 12 June

1pm-3.30pm (registration from 12.30pm)

Leek Cricket Club, Macclesfield Road, Leek, ST13 8SG

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Thursday 13 June

10am-12.30pm (registration from 9.30am)

Kingfisher Room, Blurton Community Hub, Ingestre Square, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 3JT

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Tuesday 18 June

7pm-9.30pm (registration from 6.30pm)

Aquarius Ballroom, Victoria Shopping Park, Victoria Street, Cannock, WS12 1BT

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Wednesday 26 June

1pm-3.30pm (registration from 12.30pm)

C J Bayley Suite, Port Vale Football Club, Hamil Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1AW

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Tuesday 2 July

1pm-3.30pm (registration from 12.30pm)

Garrick Room, George Hotel, Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PR

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Thursday 4 July

7pm-9.30pm (registration from 6.30pm)

Windsor Room, Stoke Town Hall, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HP

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Thursday 11 July

10am-12.30pm (registration from 9.30am)

Tom Bradbury Suite, Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 0AR

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Monday 15 July

7pm-9.30pm (registration from 6.30pm)

North Staffordshire Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST4 7NY

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Wednesday 17 July

2pm-4.30pm (registration from 1.30pm)

Bourne Room, Wombourne Civic Centre, Gravel Hill, Wombourne, WV5 9HA

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Roadshows

Date

Location

Tuesday 11 June

Asda, Queensway, Stafford, ST16 3TA

Saturday 15 June

Stoke-on-Trent PRIDE, Hanley Park, Cleveland Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4DX

Thursday 20 June

Asda, Ventura Park Road, Tamworth, B78 3HB

Monday 24 June

Stone Community Hub, Frank Jordan Centre, Lichfield Street, Stone, ST15 8NA

Tuesday 25 June

Rugeley Community Centre, Burnthill Lane, Rugeley, WS15 2HX

Wednesday 10 July

Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, Oldfields Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7QL

Thursday 18 July

Lichfield Library, The Guild of St Mary's Centre Market Square, Lichfield, WS13 6LG

Tuesday 23 July

Co-Op, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, WV8 1PE

Tuesday 30 July

Burntwood Leisure Centre, High Street, Burntwood, WS7 3XH

 

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