Bosses con­cede A&E has role in Mac­cles­field

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E -

THE news that A&E was saved was de­liv­ered by health bosses in a state­ment on Fri­day evening af­ter a fu­ri­ous re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

The de­part­ment treats more than 52,000 pa­tients per year. It is open all day ev­ery day treat­ing se­ri­ous ill­ness and in­jury.

Car­ing To­gether, made up of lo­cal health providers, is­sued a state­ment, say­ing that pa­tients with cer­tain con­di­tions al­ready go to other hos­pi­tals.

It said: “Pa­tients who present with a heart at­tack, stroke, ma­jor trauma or se­vere burns are treated at neigh­bour­ing spe­cial­ist cen­tres. This could be Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals of North Mid­lands NHS Trust, Stock­port NHS Foun­da­tion Trust or Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of South Manch­ester NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

“In some cir­cum­stances it may be ap­pro­pri­ate to sta­bilise a pa­tient at Mac­cles­field first. As part of the Car­ing To­gether pro­gramme lo­cal part­ners and key stake­hold­ers have been con­sid­er­ing ways to de­liver ser­vices lo­cally so they are bet­ter tai­lored to the chang­ing needs of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

“Part­ners also have to con­sider the future avail­abil­ity of skilled and trained staff and what skills will be needed to meet the chang­ing health needs of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion in future years.”

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