NHS keeps its services local

PATIENTS using the Hope clinic have overwhelmingly voted in support of keeping podiatry services in the area following discussions with community health bosses.

Derbyshire Community Health Services had feared that the service might no longer be available in the area because of the cost of complying with new regulations and the lease renewal.

Arrangements have now been made for patients to make appointments at the Heathers Lane Hathersage Branch Surgery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and at the Evelyn Medical Centre on Tuesday mornings with effect from Monday April 4.

Elaine Price, assistant director health promoting environments and services, said: “This is fantastic news for patients as it will ensure that NHS podiatry services stay in the Hope Valley area.

“We’re really pleased that an affordable solution has been agreed that will also best meet the needs of our patients.”

A total of 502 patients responded to a questionnaire with 92 per cent voting in favour of keeping the services in the Hope Valley.

Patients can also attend podiatry clinics at either Chapel-en-le-Frith Health Centre or Bakewell’s Newholme Hospital if appointments at the Hope Valley clinics are inconvenient.

Anyone wanting to book podiatry appointments at the Hope clinic should contact Jenny on 01433 621 389 up until March 31. Bookings for appointments for April at the Hathersage Branch Surgery or Evelyn Medical Centre can also be made through Jenny. From April 4 patients wishing to book podiatry appointments at the Hathersage Branch Surgery or the Evelyn Medical Centre should call 01433 650747.