Following the decision by Stepping Hill’s to close its Breast Services to High Peak residents I am working with Derbyshire CGG to ensure that the health needs of local residents are met.
I know that Stepping Hill has suffered problems for some time now, and that even when High Peak patients have been referred, they’ve faced long waits of up to five weeks for diagnosis – far above the two week target time – due to a lack of specialist radiologists to review mammograms.
That’s not good enough and can put patients at risk, so the service needs to be located at hospitals which can meet the standards required. I understand that Wythenshawe, Macclesfield and Chesterfield hospitals are available for High Peak residents, and all have excellent Breast Services departments.
I am calling for better public transport to all these hospitals from High Peak, and proper investment in the NHS staff who we all rely on so that we can have more local services for patients again.