Public meeting over Fleetwood Hospital future

Fleetwood Hospital.
Fleetwood Hospital.

Fleetwood Town Council has called a public meeting to discuss the future of Fleetwood Hospital and imminent plans for Rossall.

The session takes place next week at the North Euston Hotel, on Tuesday June 11 from 7pm.

Council members have raised concerns about the long-term fate of Fleetwood Hospital because it is currently being under-used.

It was thought that when 40-bed Rossall Hospital closes in August and patients transfer to Clifton Hospital in Lytham, 20 “non consultant” beds would be moved to Fleetwood Hospital after health bosses said they would be in the North Fylde area.

However, there are questions over whether they will in fact go to Fleetwood – and what the future of the town’s purpose-built hospital is.

Now councillors are hoping for answers and have invited officials of the Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and the Wyre and Fylde Clinical Commissioning Group to shed light on the issue.

Coun Bill Barrow, chairman of the council’s health working group, said: “There are a lot of rumours circulating about these facilities and this is causing great concern to the community. We have invited representatives of the commissioning groups to this meeting to clarify the situation and answer any questions the public may wish to ask.”

Coun Alan Marsh, council chairman, said: “This is an opportunity for us all to find out what is happening, then we can decide what actions to take. I urge people to come and have their say.”

Blackpool NHS Trust says there are no plans to discontinue community services in Fleetwood other than the transfer of rehab services to Clifton.