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MP Nigel hands in hospital petition

Heanor Hospital lies empty.

Heanor Hospital lies empty.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for Heanor Hospital to be reopened

The hospital was temporarily closed after asbestos was found in a boiler room last September with clinics and services moved to Ilkeston Community Hospital.

Health bosses are now considering options which include an £850,000 refurbishment or replacing it with a new £1.6 million building.

Mr Mills addressed the House on Tuesday March 11 and said: “It is with great pleasure that I present this petition, signed by more than 3,000 of my constituents, showing the extent of feeling about the closure of the Heanor Memorial hospital.”

Dr Sheila Newport, chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire, said: “No decision has been made on whether to close the hospital permanently and we’re committed to enhancing and developing health services in Heanor.

“Plans for future healthcare in the town should be finalised by the end of the year.”

The petition declared that “the Heanor Memorial Hospital provides essential services to the community of Heanor, and that the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) should allocate sufficient resources to ensure that the hospital is once again able to open and serve the people of Heanor.”

A public meeting held by the Southern Derbyshire CCG on January 30 to discuss the future of the hospital demonstrated the strength of local feeling when it attracted hundreds of concerned people. To contact the CCG call 01332 868677 or enquiries@southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk

 

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