Commenting on the future downgrading of Guisborough hospital to a primary care centre Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop said:
“For the last five years the threat of closure has been hanging over the whole of the Guisborough Hospital complex, its good news that this announcement removes that threat.
“However, the centralisation of hospital services at James Cook and Redcar is a concern. Since 2010 Guisborough has lost its maternity ward, stroke ward and Minor Injuries Unit. I welcome the £4 million investment and the commitment to keep the site open in the long term but the hospital is a shadow of its former self.
“Just yesterday James Cook declared that its A&E was under pressure and directed some patients to their nearest Minor Injuries unit if they could, an option that is much harder for East Cleveland resident than it was two years ago.
“I will be contacting the CCG asking them to confirm which services that will come to the refurbished site and when they will be fully operational.”