Campaigners call public meeting on future of Belper’s health services

Babington Hospital, Belper.
Babington Hospital, Belper.

Residents campaigning to secure the future of a Belper hospital are to host a public meeting.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently considering the future of Babington Hospital, as part of an ongoing review of Belper’s health services. The hospital has been described as difficult to convert to meet modern needs due to its size and age.

Campaign group Belper Keep Our NHS has called a public meeting for Monday January 18 at Strutts, on Derby Road, at 7.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend, and an invitation has also been extended to officials from the CCG and hospital trust.

Keith Venables, of Belper’s Keep our NHS Public campaign group, is encouraging residents to complete the CCG consultation questionnaire which is being distributed in GP practices, shops, cafes and at Babington Hospital.

He said: “There needs to be a community hospital serving Belper and the district, with wards and services fit for the 21st century, and staff who are trained, supported and have contracts that offer continuity and security.

“We talked to some Belper residents who told us of the ‘happy, relaxed atmosphere on the wards, delivered by a highly trained and committed team’. Despite Babington being an old building, the wards are well equipped and bright with stunning views that are a tonic for the patients.

“The people of Belper need to make our feelings very clear and fight for our services to be improved, based on public need and not private profit.”

Dr Ian Lawrence, a GP and governing body member of the CCG, said: “We’re reviewing services in Belper to understand how we can give patients the best care and services and make the most of the latest improvements in knowledge and technology.

“We’re encouraging people to give their views and share their experiences so we can take it all into account when we make plans for the future.”

The questionnaire can be completed at