Ready to help as hospital faces crisis

Ilkeston Community Hospital
Ilkeston Community Hospital

The chief of Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends has pledged support to its counterparts at closure-threatened Heanor Memorial Hospital.

Asbestos was discovered at the Heanor site last September, and since then some patients have been treated at the Ilkeston hospital on Heanor Road.

But now the asbestos is more widely spread than first thought, sparking concerns the very future of the Heanor hospital is under threat.

Mike Perry, chairman of the Ilkeston friends group, said: “We’ve been doing all we can to help the Heanor League of Friends and of course to look after patients.

“We’ve offered our support at what is a difficult time and we will be at the public meeting at the end of the month.

“The main thing is that patients continue to get the care they need.”

The future of the Heanor health facility has been under threat since the asbestos was found during building work.

Chief officer at NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group Andy Layzell, said: “Patients and the public can be assured that we are committed to enhancing and developing health services in Heanor.

“The finding of an extensive amount of asbestos combined with the age of the building means that health services cannot be provided in the hospital building as it stands. So, we now need to look at finding the best solution for patients.”

But Mr Layzell continued: “I would like to stress that no decisions have been made at this stage as we are not yet at a point where we have identified the future options.

“However, no decisions will be made in the future without full public consultation.

“Patients are at the heart of everything we do and this meeting is an opportunity for us to share information and to listen to people’s views and concerns.

“We hope that many local people will attend and give us their views.”

Both inpatient care and outpatient clinics usually provided at Heanor are currently being delivered at Ilkeston Community Hospital.

The hospital’s future will be discussed at a public meeting to be held on January 30.