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Leek and Cheadle hospitals to expand NHS services

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

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HEALTH leaders have promised to look at improving local services in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Senior NHS officials told residents and councillors that the re-organisation of Staffordshire's health economy could be an opportunity to expand provision in Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph.

They were speaking at a meeting called to discuss how the Government's decision to dissolve Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust would affect people in the Moorlands.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire is to take over the troubled Stafford Hospital, with a number of key services being transferred up the A34.

Mark Hackett, chief executive of UHNS, told the meeting that services could improve for people in the Moorlands, due to the Hartshill complex becoming a larger centre.

But residents said they wanted to see more services brought to the hospitals in Leek and Cheadle, and Biddulph's £10 million health centre.

Mr Hackett said he wanted to engage with residents to work out what provision people wanted to see moved closer to home.

But he warned there would be limits on what services could realistically be delivered locally.

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