Bosses concede A&E has role in Macclesfield
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.”