LATER this week a Tamworth Borough Council committee will be discussing the potential closure of the surgical ward at the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital.
The Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee has invited representatives from Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular CCG to the meeting, to discuss current and future plans for Tamworth’s day case theatre.
The meeting will take place on Thursday November 20th, at 6pm at the Council Offices in Lichfield Street.
Despite not being a health provider, Tamworth Borough Council – through its scrutiny committees – has the right to represent the views of local residents and to create an opportunity to discuss issues affecting residents.
This will be the third time the committee has held meetings with the NHS Trust on various issues.
While the meeting is held in public, it is not a public meeting. Therefore it is not open to residents to put their questions or views but rather to listen to the discussion and the debate.
Cllr Andrew James, chairman of the Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee, said: “I am hoping this meeting will be a good opportunity to discuss the potential closure of the day surgery ward, along with the implications it could have for Tamworth residents.
“This will include asking if closure does go ahead, how and where people living in Tamworth will be able to access these vital services.”
According to Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Clinical Commissioning Group, the recent public consultation events provided valuable feedback and will help them to develop their future plans.
A final decision on the future of the surgical ward is set to be made next month by Burton Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Governing Body.
The trust also said there were no plans in place to close the hospital or reduce other services. It pointed out the consultation was focused solely on the future of day case theatre services.
According to Burton Hospitals NHS Trust, the proposals would save the NHS in the region of £600,000 a year and it pointed out that the number of procedures being carried out had fallen by more than 1,000 in the last seven years.