Assurance given to retain A&E services at Macclesfield Hospital
Local health and care leaders can provide assurance that the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department will be kept at Macclesfield Hospital.
Following recent articles in local media and significant public interest in the future of health care services in Eastern Cheshire, local health leaders and commissioners have moved to provide clarity on the future of the existing A&E department.
Neil Goodwin, independent chair of the Eastern Cheshire Caring Together programme, said: “East Cheshire NHS Trust (which runs Macclesfield Hospital), Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (mental health trust), NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, GPs, Cheshire East Council and NHS England have been working together for some time now, through the Caring Together programme, to find a solution to ensure services are sustainable and to bring about real improvements to standards of care. There has already been significant public engagement on this.
“The clear view is that the best model of care will include an A&E department at Macclesfield staffed by hospital doctors and clinicians. It is important that the Caring Together Board, working with local people and partners, now concentrates on ensuring we have a local care system which is as effective, efficient and innovative as possible.”
Dr Paul Bowen, CCG clinical chair, said: “All partners have confirmed their commitment to this model. This allows us to focus on further transforming and integrating health and care services. I hope this provides assurance for both patients and staff.”
Notes to editors:
- For further information, contact NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group communications manager Charles Malkin via 01625 663824/07468 707934 or East Cheshire NHS Trust’s press office on 01625 663935/07825 832680.
- For more information on Caring Together, visit the website – www.caringtogether.info
- Caring Together partners – NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire East Council
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