Following a joint statement issued by NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG last week, Macclesfield MP David Rutley has once again urged local health service leaders to ensure adult mental health beds are kept in Macclesfield.
Proposals to redesign specialist acute adult and older people’s mental health services were subject to a twelve-week public consultation earlier this year.
The NHS has now received the independently-prepared report on the feedback submitted by local patients, residents and stakeholders, and will be taking time to fully consider the feedback received.
The full consultation report will be made available to the public in September via the NHS ECCCG website and those of the other two CCGs involved.
A business case will then be prepared and brought to a meeting in public of the three local CCGs before the end of the year, when a decision will be made on how to progress plans.
For this reason, Mr Rutley says he is taking the opportunity now to speak up on behalf of local residents in calling on local health service leaders to ensure that new and improved proposals are developed to keep mental health beds for adult patients in Macclesfield.
The alternative would be to move them to the Bowmere Hospital in Chester, as set out in the consultation’s preferred option.
Mr Rultey proposed that the £1.1 million of capital funding allocated to expanding facilities at Bowmere Hospital could be used to establish a new ward in Macclesfield, potentially on the Rosemount site, close to Macclesfield Hospital and Lime Walk House.
This, he highlights, would counter the need to move beds away from Cheshire East.
David raised the issue at a recent meeting with Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS ECCCG.
It was confirmed to Mr Rutley that no decision on the future shape and scope of local mental health services has been made or will be made until later this year, to give time for all the feedback submitted through the public consultation to be fully considered.
David stressed to Dr Bowen that local health service leaders should listen to the strength of public feeling from local residents and patients for retaining adult inpatient beds in Macclesfield.
Speaking after his meeting, David said: “Local health service leaders must listen to the message that has been sent out loud and clear from local residents, patients and carers that they want to see much-needed adult mental health beds stay in Macclesfield.
“It is vital that more acceptable proposals are put on the table to better serve patients in north East Cheshire requiring access to vital mental health services, and their families, by retaining much-needed adult inpatient beds locally.”
The NHS ECCCG said in its statement: “Given the breadth and depth of feedback from patients, the public and organisations, it is vital that we now have time to fully consider this before making any decisions. As such, no decision has been made or will be made until later this year.”
It added: “All 7,000 patients across Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal who are currently supported by, or accessing, adult and older people’s specialist mental health services received a personal copy of the consultation document.
“We held seven public engagement consultation meetings and 26 community events with over 700 attendees.”