Health services to move to hospital

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HEALTH services are being moved from Ilkeston Health Centre to Ilkeston Community Hospital.

The move will see services such as children’s speech and language therapy and community respiratory services moved from the South Street centre to a newly refurbished ward at the Heanor Road hospital in April.

Contraception and sexual health services will also be provided by Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services NHS Trust (DCHS) from the hospital’s main outpatients’ department.

The transfer of the services is designed to provide upgraded facilities for patients and to make services more accessible.

Jayne Saunders, who manages facilities for DCHS in Ilkeston, said: “The hospital’s outpatient facilities are more modern and we can provide a better service for patients, with greater accessibility, in this way.

“We are working closely with all those involved to ensure the move goes smoothly and that patients are fully informed.”

Patients will continue to be able to buy continence products and to have their hearing aid batteries replaced at Ilkeston Health Centre after April 1, but health chiefs from DCHS will be consulting with patients on the long term location of the services in the next few months.

Service bosses say the relocation of services will make it easier for patients to attend appointments thanks to a more suitable environment and regular bus services dropping off outside the hospital and free on-site parking.

Other NHS healthcare providers who use Ilkeston Health Centre as a base for services such as children’s orthoptic clinics and mental health care are also due to consult with patients on alternative arrangements for the location of their services after June 2012.

GP services will continue to operate from Ilkeston Health Centre as normal.

Any patients who will be affected by the relocation of the services will be contacted by the DCHS and informed of the changes.