HEALTH bosses have thanked folk who attended the final public meeting at Kirkby’s Summit Centre to discuss plans which could change the face of healthcare in Ashfield.
In June, NHS Nottinghamshire County launched its Vision for a Healthier Ashfield plan and people were invited to have their say at three public meetingsin Kirkby and Mansfield, online and in writing.
The proposals include boosting more day time services at Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby, while centralising inpatient wards for instance, moving stroke rehabilitation to King’s Mill Hospital.
Deborah Jaines, chief operating officer at Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’d like to thank all the people who have taken the time to come to our public meetings, to hear more about the proposals and have their say.
“All three public meetings have been very well attended and we’ve had a number of views expressed.”
She said there had been a number of suggestions for additional services in Ashfield, such as family planning.
The plans have also sparked controversy in Ashfield, with some saying they were concerned about patients having to travel to different facilities.
Labour Party and union members described the plans as an ‘erosion’ of public services because of the loss of the wards.
The consultation closes on Sunday, 9th September and residents can make their views known by visiting www.nottspct.nhs.uk.
To request a paper copy, contact Mansfield 673329.