Macclesfield Hospital A&E and Caring Together programme progress
22 February 2017

Caring Together partners have noted further reports over the last month in the national media suggesting that Macclesfield Hospital’s A&E department will be closed or downgraded.

The reports appear to refer to the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) document from November 16th 2016 which referenced options for models of clinical care for the A and E department at the trust.

Following the publication of this document Caring Together issued this statement. This statement remains accurate. We have contacted national media outlets which have incorrectly referenced potential closure of the department highlighting this statement and have asked for the articles in question to be amended accordingly. 

We are still at the stage of working with stakeholders to develop options for the delivery of services throughout the local health and social care economy through the Caring Together programme. The timeline for finalising these options has not been confirmed and as such we are unable to provide further details at present. No significant changes to local health services could be made without thorough public consultation.

As partners within the Caring Together programme, we are working to design services which will continue to meet the needs of the local population and ensure that people access the most appropriate treatment in the most appropriate setting, in light of the major challenges facing health and social care services locally and nationally.