PEOPLE are being invited to have their say on the future of Stamford Hospital at a public meeting.
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust is holding the meeting on Monday, September 3, at Stamford Arts Centre, to discuss its proposed clinical strategy.
If approved, the strategy would mean big changes for Stamford Hospital with outpatient clinics set to expand with more treatment options. The hospital could also be redeveloped to make the facilities fit.
The plans will be outlined at the meeting by the trust’s medical director John Randall and Dr Miles Langdon, a GP and chairman of Welland Clinical Commissioning Group.
Mr Randall said: “We launched the proposed clinical strategy at our trust board meeting at the hospital in June. This was of great interest to the public so we are holding a further meeting for residents to come and hear the presentation and to ask their questions.
“I would encourage anyone who wasn’t able to attend our board meeting, or has further questions to join us at the arts centre.”
As well as asking for people’s views, the trust is also discussing its plans with patient and voluntary groups, hospital staff, GPs and the Friends of Stamford Hospital.
The Welland Clinical Commissioning Group, which decides which services should be commissioned for NHS patients in South Lincolnshire, has worked with the trust to develop the strategy. It has been developed because of a “significant increase” in outpatient attendance and pain management services, and half the buildings at Stamford Hospital are empty or under-used.
Under the plans, the minor injuries unit would become nurse-led for a six-month trial period and the popular John Van Geest unit will be redeveloped as a nurse-led facility.
The hospital would have oncology and haematology services, including providing chemotherapy, the day treatment unit would have two procedure rooms for one stop haematuria clinic, dermatology, gynaecology and pain management.
The endoscopy service, which recently transferred to Peterborough City Hospital, would return to Stamford Hospital.
There would also be ante-natal services and imaging, including ultrasound and X-ray and an expanded therapy provision.
It is also the trust’s intention to keep the phlebotomy service, or blood taking, at Stamford Hospital, despite taking the decision earlier this year to move the pathology lab to Peterborough.
The trust would also review the need for the operating theatre at Stamford Hospital in the autumn.
Following the meetings, Mr Randall said the trust would “prepare a business case for redeveloping the hospital to make its facilities fit for delivering the very best healthcare in coming years and to make best use of its extensive site”.
The trust is aiming to publish the business case, including the costs of options for the redevelopment, by the end of the year.
The meeting will take place at Stamford Arts Centre in St Mary’s Street between 6.30pm and 8pm on Monday, September 3.