Future of hospital up for discussion

The debate on the future of Whitby Hospital is set to continue at a meeting next week.

It is going to top the agenda on the borough council’s health and well being scrutiny committee.

Whitby people who have an interest in the hospital, its future and the types of services it offers are being urged to attend and get involved.

Cllr David Jeffels is going to be chairing the meeting at Sneaton Castle on Wednesday April 30.

He told the Gazette: “We are anxious that as many people as possible attend to hear the various options which are being considered by the NHS.”

He added that anyone who wanted to raise questions for officers of the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group should submit them as soon as possible to the Democratic and Scrutiny Officers at Scarborough Town Hall .

In the last year the CCG has taken over the management of the hospital and its budget from the primary care trust so it is being planned at a more local level.

He added: “This will enable the public to have the fullest possible explanations.

“Whitby Hospital is a vital part of the town’s quality of life, not only for residents of the town and surrounding villages, but for the many tourists visiting the area each year.

“Councillors and the CCG officers want the public to have their say because that will ensure that issues are taking on board now, while the planning of health care services is still in the early stages.”

A vision for a revamped and possibly new build Whitby Hospital with more community services is being worked on by the CCG.