Patients get second chance to have their say on Chesterfield medical group

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Disgruntled patients will have another chance to share their views on a troubled Chesterfield medical group.

Last week MP Toby Perkins hosted a public meeting at Springwell Community College in Staveley to discuss Holywell Medical Group - following a flood of complaints.

Hundreds had to be turned away - as an overwhelming number of residents came along to share their stories about records not being updated, illnesses being misdiagnosed and problems getting appointments. Mr Perkins said: “We wanted to make sure everyone knows the actions being taken and have an opportunity to put across their view.

“We knew we would have significant numbers but to get 600 people to a public meeting shows the strength of feeling.

“There isn’t a facility in Staveley big enough for everyone who wanted to attend.”

The group - which runs The Grange Family Health Centre in Grangewood, Rectory Medical Centre in Staveley, Holywell House in Chesterfield, Inkersall Family Health Centre and The Medical Centre in Barrow Hill - has pledged to take action to resolve issues.

Ian Matthews, deputy medical director of NHS England Derbyshire, said: “We are giving serious consideration to the splitting off of Rectory Road from the Holywell Group but cannot yet say when a decision on its future will be made as we need to explore the options fully.”

The second public meeting will take place on Thursday, May 1 at 5.30pm at Springwell Community College in Staveley.