27th October 2014

You may recall that I submitted a petition to Parliament, which was signed by over 4,000 constituents, calling for health services in Heanor to be enhanced, not diminished. I have worked hard on this issue, and I know how important it is to local people that they keep a hospital in their local area.

That’s why I was delighted this morning that the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed that it will be rebuilding the Heanor Memorial Hospital.

The existing site will now be demolished, and the Wilmot Street Health centre will eventually close with a brand new facility being built on the current hospital site.

The CCG says that the move will see all of the local people’s health requirements met, with the exception of inpatient beds, but a new range of facilities and services will be available.

The new facility will be ready by 2017 and is a £2.5m investment.

13th March 2014
Over 3,000 constituents have signed my petition that seeks to ensure the reopening of the Heanor Memorial Hospital and that health provisions in the town are enhanced, not diminished.

I had the pleasure of presenting the petition to the House of Commons on Tuesday evening. On presenting the petition in Parliament, I 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.”

Pictured: Nigel Mills MP standing outside Parliament, ready to hand in over 3,000 petitions to reopen Heanor Memorial Hospital

As you will know from my previous updates on this matter, I organised this petition in response to uncertainty about the future of the hospital. I was very glad to see so many people at the public meeting held by the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group on 30th January to discuss the future of the hospital. Full details of the outcome of the public meeting are here.

It’s vitally important that this service is reopened, and the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has allocated resources so that it can work to reopen it, and it wants to hear local residents’ views on what they would like to see on the site.

This is good news – and I’m looking forward to seeing progress.

Please do contact the CCG to tell them what you’d like to see. You can contact them on 01332 868677 or emailing Enquiries@southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.

4th February 2014
Many of my constituents will be aware that I have started a petition to reopen Heanor Memorial Hospital, which you may sign it here.

Last Thursday saw the public meeting about the future of the hospital. I was there, and it was encouraging to see the numbers of people who turned out to show their support for the hospital – in fact, the location of the meeting had to be changed because so many were there.

The key points coming out of the meeting were:

  • The Clinical Commissioning Group committed that there would remain an NHS building on the hospital site – either the existing building or a new one;
  • There are some funds available for construction costs (if needed);
  • There is no plan in place for the site yet – the CCG are open to suggestions for what people would like on the site. There were strong suggestions that the Out Patient Services were critical to get back to Heanor. The overnight beds were noted by local Doctors to be more difficult to bring back and the new facility at Florence Shipley may be a more suitable option for that service.
  • Another meeting would be held in 3 months’ time to set out the CCG’s plans for the site – there would then be a 3 month formal consultation on any proposals;
  • The blood testing service should be returning to Heanor in the near future – the site proposed was the Old Fire Station, just off the market place.

The contact details for the CCG should you wish to send in your views are: Telephone – 01332 868677; email –  Enquiries@southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.

There was also an offer to organise some tours of the site if people were interested in seeing the condition of the building.

As soon as there are any further updates available on the hospital, I will provide it both here and via email to those that have signed my petition to re-open in.