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Civic seal of approval for new out-of-hours centre

Mayor Paul Stone and Toby Perkins MP cut the ribbon, flanked by Lindsey Wallis, left, and Chesterfield Mayoress Barbara Wallace.

Mayor Paul Stone and Toby Perkins MP cut the ribbon, flanked by Lindsey Wallis, left, and Chesterfield Mayoress Barbara Wallace.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined the town’s first citizen to officially open a brand new out-of-hours clinic and 111 call centre.

Mr Perkins and Mayor Paul Stone took centre stage on Thursday (20 February) to cut the ribbon outside the new offices of Derbyshire Health United (DHU) in Ashgate Manor. The premises in Ashgate Road house the GP out-of-hours and NHS 111 services provided by DHU across the entire county. Until December, the two services were based at Scarsdale Hospital, off Newbold Road but moved across town after outgrowing their original home. The out-of-hours service at Ashgate Manor is open from 6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday, and 6.30pm Friday to 8am Monday. Patients attend appointments there after calling 111.

Mr Perkins said: “The opening of this out-of-hours centre brings together two of the key themes I am working on, namely improving local health services and reducing unemployment. I hope that this development strengthens local health provision at a critical time for the NHS.”

Guests at the official opening included some of the 20 call centre workers who were previously employed by CPP in Chesterfield before it closed down. The plight of these staff was brought to light by Mr Perkins MP who went onto local radio trying to find alternative employment for them. Mr Perkins had previously called on large local employers to take on the redundant workers if at all possible.

Luke Mosely, PA to DHU chief executive Lindsey Wallis, worked with Lindsey to arrange DHU recruitment teams to cooperate with CPP to take on as many staff as possible. Former CPP employee Stephen Reddish said he was delighted to have been taken on by DHU: “I’ve never before worked for an organisation with such a strong ethos of family and team work. Derbyshire Health United has been a rock for me during these times of economic uncertainty.”

His words were echoed by new recruit Gary Morton: “DHU came in and offered me a lifeline. The amount of responsibility and trust placed in me makes me feel more than just another number. “DHU is different to anywhere I’ve worked before and has definitely been a silver lining in the situation I found myself in.” “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help 20 of the people made redundant by CPP.”

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