The consultation on the Future of Local Health Services and in particular the future of Leek Moorlands Hospital closed on 17 March 2019 and I would like to update local residents on the situation. The many responses have been analysed and a report has been produced which can be accessed on the CCGs website.
The meeting in Common of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Governing Bodies held in Public on Tuesday 25 June 2019 was to present this report but please note that no decisions have been made yet.
The feedback from the consultation shows that there is support in the Moorlands to create integrated care hubs and that 65% support hub services to be delivered from the existing but refurbished Leek Moorlands Hospital opposed to 44% support for it to be delivered from a rebuilt facility at the existing site.
There was 65% support for 55 beds at Leek Moorlands Hospital with the rest at Haywood, the preferred option of 55 NHS commissioned assessment beds in local care homes only received 15% support.
There was also disagreement to move certain consultant-led outpatient clinics from LMH to the Royal Stoke.
Governing Body members will receive and consider the feedback and determine which options to put forward to inform the Decision Making Business Case (DMBC)
Should the Governing Bodies agree to move forward, the CCGs will begin a process to develop the DMBC with NHS and local authority commissioning partners.
There are many assurance processes to go through as well and the CCGs aim to complete this by the end of November 2019.
The aim is to take the DMBC to an Extra Ordinary Governing Body in Public in December 2019 and at this point, the Governing Bodies will consider options and decide.
18th January 2019
Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley, continues to urge residents in Staffordshire Moorlands to take part in the consultation organised by the local CCG, namely “The Future of Local Healthcare Services”.
The consultation opened on 10th December and will close on 17th March 2019 and can be accessed from the link below:-
“I continue to fight on behalf of all my constituents to ensure that we are able to access, not only existing health care services, but enhanced ones, to make the future sustainable for the Leek Moorlands Hospital.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful facility on our doorstep and it is equally important that we are seen to utilise what is on offer, and what can be added, to take some of the pressure away from the acute hospitals such as the Royal Stoke.
“It is essential that anybody taking part in the consultation express their views as to what services they would like to benefit from and I will, on my part, continue to meet with senior health and care officials and work hard for the people of the Moorlands to meet this aim.”
Anyone requiring help with personal cases should contact the Leek office so that Karen can raise your concerns with the CCG or the relevant health body.
I have received many emails and letters concerning Leek Moorlands Hospital and would like to update Moorlands residents on the situation.
I have always used Leek Moorlands Hospital and my family and I would always want to be treated there. I believe that saving Leek Moorlands Hospital is not about politics as some people are saying, but about everyone coming together on a cross-party basis to do the very best for Staffordshire Moorlands.
I have called for and attended many meetings to discuss the Leek Moorlands Hospital including meetings with the Health Secretary and the Director of the STP where I have explained the issues facing the Hospital to them and have been clear about the need for Leek to have the right services under one roof.
Working on a cross-party basis, I have also held meetings with the Save Leek Hospital Action group as well as the Leader of the District Council, Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and have sent representatives to all CCG meetings when I have been unable to attend due to my Parliamentary duties.
I would like to thank the hundreds of local people who took the time to complete my hospital survey, the redacted results have been sent to the CCG and shared with the Save Leek Hospital Action group.
January 26th 2018
Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and I welcomed a meeting in Leek with Marcus Warnes and Cllr Alan White to discuss Leek Moorlands Hospital.
It was a good meeting with Marcus Warnes (CCG) and Cllr Alan White (SCC) and we were reassured that the County Council and CCG are committed to improving facilities at Leek Moorlands in both health and care. They committed that 2018 would be a year of engagement and consultation with 2019 being the year of delivery of services that meet the health and care needs of the people of Leek and the Moorlands.
March 8th 2018
I was pleased that despite the bad weather, many Staffordshire Moorlands residents managed to get down to London for the NHS Care for All Campaign meeting in Parliament. With an Urgent Question on Northern Ireland, I was only able to pop in briefly but a staff member was present throughout the meeting to take notes and report back.
I also recently contacted the Health Minister, Steve Barclay MP regarding residents’ concerns that Leek Moorlands Hospital will no longer be called a ‘hospital’ following a review of local community hospital provision.
I have now received a response from the Health Minister where he assures me that the Department has made enquiries through NHS Improvement and has been assured by the Chief Executive of the Trust that there is categorically no intention to drop the name of Hospital from Leek Moorlands.
October 12th 2018
Cllr Sybil Ralphs and I held a meeting on Friday with senior health and care officials from the CCG, STP, MPFT, the NHS and Staffordshire County Council to discuss the latest position regarding Leek Moorlands Hospital.
It was a positive and constructive meeting and we were reassured that we all share the same aim: to deliver the right health and social care services for the people of Leek and the Moorlands.
The health and care officials confirmed that the consultation will take place at the end of the year and it was clear from the meeting that what is important to everyone present, is that we all continue to work together in a positive, non-political manner to do the very best for local residents in Leek and the Moorlands.
October 17th 2018
Letter in Leek Post & Times from Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs
I have been disappointed over the last few weeks by the scaremongering and misinformation being discussed online and at a public meeting on Tuesday 4th September about Leek Community Hospital. I would like to reassure the people of Leek that the CCGs have no plans to withdraw health services from the area, rather the opposite, our intention is to deliver services centred around each patient and the health needs of local people.
We have some ambitious and exciting proposals that will form the basis of our consultation later this year. These are being considered by NHS England at the moment. Local people have helped to design these proposals. These proposals are set out in a pre-consultation business case, which when approved by NHS England will be considered by the CCGs’ governing bodies in a public meeting. Once we get the green light, we will begin formal consultation. We will not be making any decisions on services until we have consulted.
Recent rumours about withdrawing services have come about as a result of the CCGs confirming with the County Council’s scrutiny committee as to the services that will be included in the consultation, which is the right and proper process for us to follow. It is true that we will have to reconfigure some services to ensure they are provided in the right place by the right teams, but this will not be to the detriment of meeting the health and care needs of local people. I would ask you to please bear with us whilst we go through the assurance process with NHS England after which the CCGs will begin formal consultation on their proposals.