Leek Moorlands hospital and Cheadle hospital are set to play their part in Covid-19 response from the university hospital north midlands.
The University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust said that a significant number of beds are likely to be used during the coming weeks providing COVID-19 services, that would usually be provided at UHNM, but because of the expected increase in demand, will be cared for at Haywood Hospital, Harplands, Bradwell, Cheadle and Leek Hospitals. Other facilities may be brought on line if required.
Tracy Bullock, UHNM Chief Executive, said: “UHNM along with health and social care partners have agreed that the geography of the Birmingham Nightingale Hospital would not provide the best possible solution for our staff, who would have been required to help support the facility, or for our patients who would have a significant journey for the on-going care that they will need and that a local solution would be preferable.
“We have been working with our partners and our clinical teams to develop plans to put the system in the best place possible to care for all our patients locally in what we know will be extremely challenging times.”
Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley, welcomed the news today that the NHS has decided to use the Leek Moorlands Hospital to treat people who would otherwise need to be in the Royal Stoke.
“I am very pleased that the NHS will use the facilities at Leek to treat people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This vote of confidence in the facilities at Leek proves the long term future for the site.”