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Evesham Community Hospital

Dr Kirsty Prothorough, one of our CHA committee members, has tweeted about one of the GP Trainees presenting the "Deprescribing audit" at Evesham Community Hospital.   The concluding outcome was that deprescribing as well as prescribing requires shared decision making with patients and families as well as greater communication with the GP.

Teignmouth Community Hospital, Devon

Teignmouth hospital looks set to close after an independent review found the NHS consulted "adequately" with councillors about its plan. In March last year, Devon County Council's health and scrutiny committee referred the proposals to Health Secretary Sajid Javid who agreed the plans to close Teignmouth hospital should be reviewed by a panel of independent experts – the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. The panel ruled the CCG’s consultation with the committee was “adequate”, paving the way for the closure to go ahead. The CHA has been providing evidence to the local community group, and helping them to have a say in the future of their local healthcare.  Read more 

The Vale Community Hospital Dursley

Community campaigners welcome the return of community beds to the hospital. All beds had been previously allocated as stroke beds, but there is now a return to a proportion of community beds.  Read more 

Ellen Badger Hospital Site – New Development

The first phase of a project to redevelop the Ellen Badger Hospital in Shipston has been given planning permission for a new Medical and Wellbeing Centre.  Read more

Parking to remain free for NHS staff at Mansfield Community hospital

 Staff at hospitals across Nottinghamshire will not have to pay for parking - despite the charge being reintroduced across the country.  Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the end of the benefit from Friday, April 1. Sherwood Forest Hospitals (SFH), the trust responsible for King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Community Hospital and Newark Hospital, has said parking would remain free, and also added that this was being reviewed.    Read more  

 

The Patient Voice - Recent Publication

We value the patient voice, and we would welcome any contributions from patients or carers about their experiences of NHS health care in community hospitals. We would welcome a blog, a letter, or a news item.   Do please contact us. 

Our President, Helen Tucker, has just written about her positive experience of  integrated health care when she received treatment for cancer.  Helen has said that the article was by way of recognising good care and thanking all involved.Read more

 

Community Hospitals Promoted in House of Commons

Dr Andrew Murrison MP presented a bill on Healthcare (Delayed Discharges).   Dr Murrison has suggested eight measures that may help to reduce delayed discharges, with requirements such certifying patients as fit for discharge, setting timescales for action, requiring resource exchanges between health and social care, and increasing regulatory systems. 

Dr Murrison describes the experience of a family member who was in an acute hospital, and speaks of the care:   “I have seen much better, notably in community hospitals and intermediate care—settings that have, foolishly in my view, been deprioritised under successive Governments.”   Dr Murrison makes the point that the cost of an acute bed is much higher than community hospital beds and other community-based options.

The CHA provided a briefing paper to Dr Murrison on his request - read the paper here

Read more   Hansard Volume 710: debated on Wednesday 16 March 2022, to be read a second time on May 6th.

 

Proposals to Re-Open Insch Community Hospital

Friends of Insch Hospital have committed to work with the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership to secure the reopening of the hospital after it closed in March 2020. Chris Humphris, Chair of the CHA, has been working with the community, and has helped them to create their Strategic Vision document. Allyson Grant, Chair of the Friends, has said that they are committed to working with AHSCP. We are doing everything we can to develop a vision for sustainable services, driven by the community. 

 Friends of Insch Hospital

 

Crowborough MIU to Re-Open

Great news to hear about the re-opening of the MIU.  The minor injuries unit (MIU) at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital will reopen on Monday 14th February. The unit, run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, has been temporarily closed since August 2021  Richard Hallett, from the Friends of Crowborough Hospital has said: "The Friends of Crowborough Hospital have been talking to, and working with, Sussex Community Trust, behind the scenes about reopening the Crowborough MIU, and we are absolutely delighted that this much valued and locally important 'urgent treatment service' will soon be restored for the local community."

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Rye Hospital set to be Carbon Neutral in 2022

By the summer 2022 Rye Hospital will be the first carbon neutral community hospital in the UK.  Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital aims to reduce its carbon footprint by as much as 98% which is expected to save a significant 87.2 carbon tonnes per year through the removal of gas. This will be through changes such as the installation of solar panels, LED lighting throughout and air source heating.  This is an amazing achievement and a shining example of what can be achieved with careful planning, commitment, purpose and team work.

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Good News on the Rothbury Community Hospital 

After a long campaign, there is now good news for people living in and around the Rothbury area with regard to their community hospital.  Northumbria Healthcare Trust is developing a new flexible care service for patients in Rothbury that will see community treatment, NHS beds and much needed residential care for people in the area. The Trust has created a new strategic partnership with a third-party care provider People First Care which will allow the NHS to deliver a flexible number of beds to meet the needs of patients in Rothbury, while continuing to provide extra support for people's health and care needs in their own home. Under the plans People First Care will operate a 12-15 bed unit for people needing respite care, rehabilitation services, longer term recuperation or end of life care. This facility will be supported by a wider team of district nurses, GPs and nurse practitioners.

Buckinghamshire patients to be sent to former hotel from hospital

Hospital patients who are ready to be discharged but still need support are to be sent to a former hotel to free up space. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said the temporary care facility would open to patients on Monday where "further support" would be given, it said.  The trust runs two NHS acute hospitals, Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe, and five community hospitals in Amersham, Buckingham, Chalfont St Peter, Marlow and Thame. Community intermediate care beds have been closed in 3 of the community hospitals.

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Wantage Hospital refurbishment brings services and clinics closer to the community

Staff at Wantage Community Hospital are celebrating after receiving a string of five-star independent reviews from patients. The hospital, which launched a range of new services and clinics three months ago in newly refurbished rooms at the site, is at the centre of the community and is convenient for people who may otherwise have to travel further afield. One patient said: "It is fantastic for local people." Services currently provided at Wantage Community Hospital include children's physiotherapy clinics and assessments, Ophthalmology clinics, a Midwife Led Unit, Perinatal, Adult Eating Disorders, Talking Space, Psychological Therapies, Neuro Development Clinic, Podiatry Clinic, Health Share Physiotherapy Clinic, Speech and Language Therapies.

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Guisborough Community hospital could re-open its doors in February

Work recommenced in December 2020 with the Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group, which is overseeing the plans, describing how "excellent progress" has been made since. Craig Blair, its director of commissioning, said: "The redevelopment of Guisborough Hospital has been undertaken to expand the range of services available to those in the local area. Working with a number of providers, a broad range of services including planned diagnostics, community mental health and dental services will be available, all from one location.

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Moving frail elderly patients could leave them isolated

Moving frail elderly patients and stroke victims away from south Essex Hospitals and to specialised units across the county could leave them isolated and vulnerable, councillors fear. The Mid and South Essex Hospital Trust gave Southend Council's people scrutiny committee an update on a proposed reconfiguration of community beds on Tuesday, ahead of the launch of a public consultation. Across Essex 115 community beds cater for people who have been discharged from hospital but are still not well enough to go home. Over the last 18 months, units in Billericay, Brentwood, Halstead, Maldon, Rochford and Thurrock have cared for an average of 200 people per month. The consultation will look at whether specialist units should be created to cater for specific needs such as stroke rehabilitation.

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Consultation on the Future of Lakeland Unit

Since 2008, the 28 community beds on the Langdale Unit at Westmorland General Hospital have been mainly used for older people who needed this kind of nurse-led treatment, perhaps after a fall, when recovering after surgery, or at the end of their lives. However, feedback from healthcare professionals, patients and evidence from organisations like the British Geriatric Society is that hospital isn't always the right place for people to recover and regain their independence. The CCG is therefore proposing to reinvest the £3 million per year cost of running the Langdale Unit into recruiting 36 additional nurses, physios and occupational therapists in the community. The proposals would include commissioning care homes and some community accommodation for people if home isn't the right place for them

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Health Secretary Humza Yousaf meets campaigners over reopening Edington Cottage Hospital

Campaigners fighting for the reopening of the Edington Cottage Hospital have had a meeting with Scotland's Health Secretary. Staff at the North Berwick hospital were moved to East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington in September, resulting in the Edington's temporary closure. Health chiefs said the move was to consolidate staffing as it predicted a difficult winter due to Covid-19; they said the decision would be reviewed every three months. Since then, campaigners have called for confirmation on when the Edington could reopen and, in recent days, have had meetings with Humza Yousaf MSP and representatives from NHS Lothian and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP).

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Kate Middleton and Prince William Visit Clitheroe Community Hospital

Kate Middleton and Prince William are championing the mental health of healthcare workers.

The royal couple travelled to rural Lancashire in the northwest of England on Thursday to check in on health staff members who have faced unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. William and Kate met with doctors, nurses and other health workers at Clitheroe Community Hospital. The couple was particularly interested to hear how NHS Charities Together, which the couple has promoted through the last two years, has supported hospitals and their staff over the past two years. They were also introduced to the latest aid for overworked healthcare workers — a cockapoo puppy named Alfie who will be trained as a therapy dog to support patients and workers at the hospital.

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Newmarket Community Hospital

Plans have been approved for a new orthopaedic unit at Newmarket Hospital which would be a new building incorporating two laminar flow theatres and a 32 bedded ward.  A statement from the West Suffolk Hospitals Trust said: "The requirement for Newmarket to have its own laminar flow theatres and recovery suites will greatly benefit the local community by giving a more local site to the immediate catchment and also benefit other Suffolk patients by relieving some of the pressure on the Bury St Edmunds site."  The report said the new centre would also benefit those involved in Newmarket's horseracing industry in the event of an accident that needed immediate treatment. This orthopaedic Unit will be in addition to the current services which include 19 inpatient beds, an X-ray department, outpatient clinics, mental health services, podiatry, physiotherapy facilities and dentistry.

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New Covid service to be offered at Tewksbury Community Hospital

A unit will be opened to treat patients with Covid-19 who need a specific type of treatment called Neutralising Monoclonal Antibodies (nMABs). 

John Trevains, director of nursing, therapies and Quality at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the unit, said: "This is a new treatment, which has only been made available since December 16.  It is delivered through a drip to people aged 12 and above, who have tested positive for Covid and are at highest risk of getting seriously ill."  The unit will be located in the minor injuries unit which will be closed.

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Congratulations to Rye Hospital on its Centenary Celebrations

There were celebrations at Rye Hospital to mark 100 years since the original hospital was built. Much has happened since, and the site now consists of a redeveloped community hospital, St Bartholomews Court which is extra-care sheltered housing, the GP medical centre  and the Hub on Rye Hill which is the new community resource centre. Plans are underway for a care home to be built as part of the overall development as well. Barry Nealon, Chair of the Rye community charity which owns the freehold welcomed visitors to the event. A film was premiered which had been specially made for the celebrations.  An exhibition showed the fascinating history of the hospital and community services, and the roles of key local residents including Sir Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney as well as Spike Milligan.   Jo Douglas was the clinical advisor for the  hospital redevelopment in 1990s and worked with Helen Tucker as part of the project team.  Jo is now a Trustee of the charity.  Helen Tucker attended the event on behalf of the CHA.  Further details here

Helen Tucker & Jo Douglas attending the event

Helen Tucker & Jo Douglas attending the event

The Hub on Rye Hill

The Hub on Rye Hill

View from the hospital

View from the hospital

St Bartholomew's Court

St Bartholomew's Court

Overview of St Bartholomews Court and Rye Community Hospital

Overview of St Bartholomews Court and Rye Community Hospital

Patient Experience Champion wins Award - Mold Hospital

An activities coordinator for patients has received both bronze and silver awards for her extra efforts as Patient Experience Champion.

Diane Sweeney, who works at Mold Community Hospital, volunteered to be a Patient Experience Champion and has created and developed exciting activities for her patients.  "We are all a family in Mold Community Hospital, we work hard to ensure that the patients experience is positive and this is achieved by creating activities, listening to concerns and most importantly focussing on what is important for each patient."

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Whitby Hospital's Minor Injury Unit has changed to an Urgent Treatment Centre

The MIU at Whitby Hospital only saw patients with minor injuries, but the new UTC will now also treat minor illnesses. The UTC will also have x-ray facilities.

Before attending the UTC, people should call NHS 111 to book an appointment.  Opening times will be 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year

Michele Moran, Chief Executive at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"These new urgent services are standardised across the country, providing additional and more accessible options for those based in remote areas. We are pleased to be able to offer these comprehensive options for care to patients in our local communities and hope that the introduction of the UTC in Whitby is a welcome addition to their community hospital."

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New Healthcare Hub at Saffron Walden Community Hospital 

Crocus Medical Practice is moving premises this week into a new healthcare hub.  They will move into a new space at Saffron Walden Community Hospital 

West Essex CCG managing director Peter Wightman said of the move: "This is an important strategic step to enable the practice team to operate from larger modern facilities to provide primary care for residents in the Saffron Walden area. The location at the community hospital also offers a number of opportunities for health and care professionals at the site to work together."  

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Review of Community Hospitals in Warwickshire

The South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) is currently holding a review into the inpatient facilities at their community hospitals, with an eye on exploring their current and future use.   A spokesperson for SWFT said: "South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is currently undertaking a review of the inpatient facilities at Ellen Badger and Stratford Hospitals. "The purpose of the review is to identify the extent to which the current model of care meets the needs of the population of south Warwickshire both now and in the years to come and will be exploring previous, current and future use of our community hospital beds alongside out-of-hospital services. "The pandemic has led to new ways of working and therefore an opportunity to review the use of these facilities, and this will be a contributing factor within this review. "The review is currently underway and the trust will share recommendations at the appropriate time."  There is concern about teh potential loss of beds, particularly given the loss of beds already at Alcester Community Hospital. 

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Bryn Beryl Hospital - Children Fundraising

The children of some of the staff from Bryn Beryl are very eager to raise some funds for the hospital. The children aged between 7 and 11 years are asking kindly for you to sponsor them to climb to the summit of Snowdon ( something which none of them have done before!) on July 4th weather permitting of course!

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Need for greater integration of palliative care in Community Hospitals

"To deliver high quality care requires a model of integrated care between community hospitals, geriatric care and palliative care, and a skilled workforce to manage multiple care needs across the continuum of care and into end of life."

This article is published in e-hospice on 18th March 2021.  The article also gives links to us at CHA and to resources concerning palliative and end of life care.

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The Future of Teignmouth Hospital - Parliamentary Debate 

Anne Marie Morris MP prompted a debate on the future of Teignmouth Hospital and made 3 requests to the Secretary of State and Minister:

1. Intervene to stop the automatic closure of Teignmouth Hospital

2. Instruct the reconfiguration panel that no closure of any hospital or facility should be made going forward without the impacts of covid having been taken into account and a proper impact assessment having been made

3. Instruct the clinical commissioning group to put in hand a separate consultation specifically on the closure of Teignmouth Hospital, after the data I referred to have been collected.

Edward Argar MP, Minister for Health responded by saying that he would respond to her letter that she had written to the Secretary of State and he offered to meet with her to learn more about Teignmouth Hospital.  Edward Argar said "although the legal powers available to me in the name of the Secretary of State are limited until and unless an IRP referral is received and the advice is then given, I am always delighted to meet with my hon. Friend if she feels that would be helpful."   

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Call to support our community hospitals

Tribute has been paid this week to the volunteer supporters who keep local community hospitals going by contributing millions of charitable donations.

Heather Penwarden, chair of Honiton Hospital & Community League of Friends, stressed the value of community hospitals like those in Honiton, Seaton, Ottery and Axminster and encouraged more people to join the voluntary groups that support them.  Heather said this week: "During this time of the Covid-19 pandemic much has been said, and quite rightly so, in praise of our NHS hospitals and staff. "I would just like to draw attention to all the community hospitals we have in the South West and to the staff working from them, either on local medical wards, outreach renal dialysis units, outpatient clinics, emergency medical units or supporting patients in their own homes sometimes under the most challenging of circumstances."

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Calls for new community hospital in Hailsham 'turned down'

Cllr Blake-Coggins "We've done some research on all of this and we've sent out 3,500 questionnaires and I have to point out that 82 per cent of those returned are in favour of Hailsham looking towards having a cottage hospital.  Cllr Blake-Coggins went on to say such a facility should have a minor injury unit, an X-ray department and 20 medical beds available for GPs to treat patients locally. The proposal was turned down.  After the meeting, Steve Murphy who is spearheading the fight for a community hospital, said: "It's a slap in the face for Hailsham residents. They have ignored the voice of the people saying we know what's best for you, let the Department of Health handle the matter." He promised that the campaign will continue and encouraged residents to make their views known, especially to the town's district councillors.

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Covid-19: Argyll and Bute to use Skyport drone operation in UK first

Test delivery drones are now being used in Argyll and Bute to transport Covid-19 test samples and other medical materials between facilities. The drones can carry upto 3kg of medical supplies a maximum of 40 miles - and their cargo will include Covid-19 test kits and samples, medicine, and essential PPE. Head of strategic planning for Argyll and Bute HSCP, Stephen Whiston, said: "We are delighted to once again be at the forefront of using this innovative technology, to assess how unmanned drones can enhance our logistics operations and improve services for patients and clinicians in some of our most remote and island communities." The drone delivery service will initially operate between Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban, Mid-Argyll Community Hospital in Lochgilphead, Easdale Medical Practice in Clachan Seil and the Mull & Iona Community Hospital in Craignure.

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Millions needed to restore Herefordshire's hospital buildings

MILLIONS of pounds of investment is needed to bring Herefordshire's hospital buildings up to scratch, figures reveal.  NHS Providers warned that the speed at which the NHS estate is falling into disrepair is putting patients' lives at greater risk and making it more difficult for frontline staff to provide the right quality of care.

The sites at Wye Valley NHS Trust require maintenance investment:

- Hereford County Hospital: £18.2 million

- Leominster Community Hospital: £370,000

- Ross Community Hospital: £287,000

- Bromyard Community Hospital: £259,000

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Hospital arts programme scoops national award

Creating With Care was started by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) four years ago and sees patients get involved in a range of activities.

The scheme was set up by Angela Conlan and dementia nurse Paula Har after Ms Conlan originally came in as an artist in residence at Witney Community Hospital.

The initiative was soon rolled out across all six of Oxford Health's community hospitals.   Patients get involved in photography, mosaics, dance, drama and poetry, and during the pandemic, activity packs have been given out, along with online performances from musicians.  Over the last four years, there has been a total of 4,350 patient attendances at sessions while £39,784 has been raised for projects.    Creating With Care claimed the Innovation and Best Practice Improving Patient Care category at the Community Hospitals Association's (CHA) Innovations and Best Practice Awards.  Judges said: "This work is an example of innovation and creativity at its best. You should all be so proud of developing and delivering this work... such passion, joy and intelligence – absolutely inspirational."

 To read more about our CHA Award to Creating with Care in the Oxford Mail, follow this link

Andover Community Hospital Gets CT Scanner

The Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wrote on twitter:

"Today I Saw the brilliant new CT scanner at Andover War Memorial Hospital. The team have done a great job of getting it up and running so patients can be scanned in Andover - start of a fantastic diagnostic hub."  

Andover Community Hospital Gets CT Scanner

Overview of St Bartholomews Court and Rye Community Hospital

Development works progressing well at hospitals across north Cumbria

Works are progressing well on major construction projects across north Cumbria's hospitals. The Trust executive director Michael Smillie said "major refurbishments and extensions having also been completed at the Keswick and Brampton community hospitals, the past 24 months have been "really exciting" in terms of improving the trust's facilities.  Both Keswick and Brampton have increased their bed numbers and improved their facilities.We continue to develop clinic and site bases at all our hospitals."   He added that he was particularly grateful to the Leagues of Friends of both hospitals, who had been instrumental in achieving such significant refurbishments for both sites. "I'm actually humbled by their tenacity, their big-hearted support for our community hospitals," he said.

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Campaigners battling to save an historic community hospital in Lutterworth believe they are winning their desperate fight

Campaigners battling to save an historic community hospital in Lutterworth believe they are winning their desperate fight. Mary Guppy, 77, said she is feeling much more confident of saving the town's Feilding Palmer Hospital after holding crunch talks with regional NHS leaders and South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa.  "We held a very positive meeting with local health chiefs and I'm delighted at how it went."

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First students start at North Devon's new school of nursing

A new school of nursing in North Devon is allowing local people to gain a nursing degree closer to home. Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT), Petroc and the University of Bolton have teamed up to support people to study for a nursing degree locally rather than travel out of area.  The students' placements will see them gain experience on the wards at North Devon District Hospital, in South Molton Community Hospital, and with the community nursing teams caring for patients in their own homes in Barnstaple, South Molton and Holsworthy.

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More hospital patients being treated outside of Nottingham as Covid-19 patient numbers rise

A Nottinghamshire hospital trust has confirmed it is supporting Nottingham University Hospitals in Nottingham as more Covid-19 patients are admitted for treatment.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which operates King's Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community Hospitals, has confirmed it is taking on patients to ease the burden on Nottingham's two acute hospitals.

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NHS bosses accused of 'planning to sell off' Edward Hain Hospital in St Ives

West Cornwall HealthWatch (WCHW) has accused NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of only being interested in closing down Edward Hain Community Hospital in St Ives so it could sell off the building.  The watchdog said NHS bosses in the county had not really looked at bringing the 12 in-patient beds back into use, after closing the community hospital "temporarily" four years ago.   The Kernow CCG has issued a questionnaire asking residents to suggest uses for the hospital – so long as they don't involve reopening its in-patient beds.  Edward Hain Hospital was originally closed on the grounds of it being fire risk, and last month the CCG said that reopening the inpatients beds was not an option.  

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Phase two of Llandrindod hospital upgrade approved by health board

Plans worth up to £4 million for the next upgrade to Llandrindod Wells County War Memorial hospital, have been submitted to the Welsh Government.  Welsh Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething visited Llandrindod County War Memorial hospital in March 2020 to see the Phase One redevelopments.  Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) gave phase two of the project the go ahead at their meeting on Thursday, October 22.  The first phase of the redevelopment at Llandrindod has seen an expanded renal dialysis unit reducing the need of patients to travel to Hereford.  Other improvement include an integrated day surgery, endoscopy and day ward area to provide more surgical and diagnostic procedures.

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Andover hospital first in region to get new scanning technology

Andover hospital has received a new piece of potentially life-saving equipment as part of a £1.5M investment package for medical imaging in the area.

A new computed tomography (CT) scanner has been installed at Andover War Memorial Hospital.  The scanner is the first of its kind in the region, and helps to support staff in providing the best possible care to patients in North and Mid-Hampshire.  Dr Julian Elford, consultant radiologist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and clinical lead for the project said: "This is fantastic news for Hampshire Hospitals and for all patients coming into our hospitals for planned investigations."

"This is an exciting time for Hampshire Hospitals as we continue to develop our community-based services while ensuring our busy acute sites can offer the best possible care to the patients that need it."

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New equipment prevents journeys for patients

Patients with heart problems will no longer have to make a round trip to Ipswich for a diagnosis after new equipment was presented to Felixstowe Community Hospital.

Members of the Rotary Club of Felixstowe raised funds for the ECG (electrocardiogram) machine and club president Dougie Pipe presented it to Renee Ward, lead nurse of the Falls and Frailty clinic for the Felixstowe Team at the hospital in Constable Road.

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Visiting patients suspended at York, Malton and Selby hospitals

Visiting patients at seven hospitals in and around York has been stopped in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.  As of Wednesday, October 21 York Hospital Trust, which includes York Hospital, Scarborough Hospital, Bridlington Hospital, Malton Community Hospital, The New Selby War Memorial Hospital, St Helen's rehabilitation hospital in Dringhouses and St Monica's Easingwold has suspended visiting to all sites.  A spokesperson from the Trust said: "We have taken this decision to limit the spread of Covid-19, and to protect vulnerable patients and ensure staff safety. As soon as it possible to safely relax the visiting restrictions we will do so."

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Two consultations on future of county's NHS services go live - time to have your say

One consultation is on what services a new community hospital in the Forest of Dean should provide when it opens.  The local NHS is asking people to have their say on what services they want for a new £11million community hospital in Cinderford.  The hospital is planned to replace the Dilke Memorial and Lydney hospitals, which the NHS in Gloucestershire has previously said are no longer fit for purpose. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS foundation Trust said the new hospital, which will serve everyone in the district, will be built on greenfield land in the north of Cinderford.  A new 24-bed community hospital, delivering urgent care between 8am and 8pm seven days a week, diagnostic services and a car park with about 150 spaces are planned.  Previous consultation with the public highlighted issues raised by residents – including travel and access, end of life care and inpatient capacity – which the NHS says it wants to provide solutions to.  The NHS document also said a working group will be set up to see if there is a possibility to develop options for more urgent care services in the Lydney area.

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Brackley's new health centre about to open

A new health centre is due to open in Brackley, Northamptonshire later this year, with a purpose-built hospital ward, with inpatient hospital community beds, among other services.  The community hospital inpatient beds service will be similar to other services that Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) runs across the county at Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough, Danetre Hospital in Daventry, and Corby Community Hospital.

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Government to fund new 16-bed community hospital in Shotley Bridge in County Durham

The Prime Minister confirmed a new 16-bed community hospital in Shotley Bridge will be part of plans to build 40 hospitals in England by 2030.   It'll be built on the former steel works site in Consett, Durham. The Government say it's 'Health Infrastructure Plan' is the biggest hospital building programme in a generation - and that the County Durham site is part of their levelling up agenda for the North.    A plan to rebuild Northgate Hospital in Morpeth is also pending final approval. 

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Final stage of East Lothian Community Hospital completed

The East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington has now been handed over to NHS Lothian and the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership after the final phase of the project was completed by its development partner hub South East.  Calum Campbell, chief executive for NHS Lothian, said: "It's great to see the East Lothian Community Hospital now fully complete. It really is a fantastic, attractive facility that is helping us to deliver high quality care, closer to home. This is convenient for our patients and helps relieve pressure on other hospital sites.

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'Use Worcestershire's Minor Injury Units to take pressure off A&Es' say health bosses

People are being urged to go to community hospitals, including the Princess of Wales in Bromsgrove and Malvern's Community Hospital, which can deal with small cuts, burns, strains or suspected fractures. Patients can now book an appointment slot at one of the sites via NHS111 or can just turn up and be triaged on site. There is a good chance they will be seen quicker than if they were to go to one of the county's A&Es. "Often the waiting times in our MIUs are significantly less than an A&E department and we have also taken all necessary steps to ensure our units are safe and can adhere to social distancing measures. Anyone attending a unit should wear a face mask, and we are also asking that only one person attends if possible."  Minor Injury Units at Tenbury and Evesham Community Hospitals remain closed at the moment.

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Benenden Hospital launches health webinars

Individual webinars will be led by one of Benenden Hospital's team of leading consultants who will talk about the treatments within their area of expertise, concluding with a live question and answer session.  Rowan Connell, medical director at Benenden Hospital said: "The webinars have been developed through a combination of responding to what patients have asked for and close working between teams at the hospital and will help to de-mystify and educate patients on a number of popular treatments.   In addition to the public webinars, Benenden Hospital has also launched a series of treatment webinars for GPs across the region. 

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Work on new £10m Hythe hospital set to start

Work to build a £10m state-of-the-art community hospital in Hythe is to begin this month, two years after planning permission was granted.  The go-ahead was granted by New Forest District Council in 2018 for a new healthcare facility and up to 21 homes on the site of the former Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital.  The new hospital will provide a range of health and wellbeing services for local people including outpatients, therapy and diagnostic services as well as specialist community dentistry. League of Friends chair John Carr added: "This is such good news for the local community and has been long awaited."  

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Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Covid outbreak in eastern area hospitals declared 'closed'

North Wales health board has said a coronavirus outbreak in some eastern area hospitals including Deeside Community Hospital and Wrexham's Maelor Hospital is now over has been declared 'closed'. Today Dr Kate Clark, Secondary Care Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: "It has now been 28 days since any new positive cases of COVID-19 were identified as part of the outbreak in our East area. As a result, we have declared that the outbreak is now closed."

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A Spitfire plane is due to fly over Stirling community hospital to thank front-line workers

A Spitfire plane travelling around Scotland is due to fly of the Stirling Community Hospital around 2pm this afternoon. The NHSSpitfire as it is called, has been flying over hospital around Scotland since 10am this morning, with the words "THANK U NHS". It is flying over Scotland's hospital to celebrate and thank those who are still working on the frontlines to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Upgrade for Dawlish Hospital as Teignmouth set to close

Some services would move to a new £8million health and wellbeing centre in Teignmouth town centre. Public consultation on the plans launched at the start of September had been delayed from March due to the coronavirus pandemic.That meant a start date on the site for the new health and wellbeing centre was pushed back to January 2021.

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Antenatal services relocated from Withington Community Hospital in order to 'protect the safety of service users and staff'

Changes have been made to south Manchester maternity services in order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Community midwifery services at Withington Community Hospital have been relocated to the Borchardt Medical Centre, which is also in Withington. Women needing blood tests for gestational diabetes will be able to access services via Wythenshawe Hospital. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said the changes would maintain a local antenatal service for women while also being part of safety measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Smaller hospitals to thrive, says Hancock

"I've always been a massive fan of community hospitals and putting services in the community where they are needed, and the coronavirus crisis, if anything, has shown us how important it is to have hospitals and NHS services that are part of the community," Matt Hancock has said.  "There was an era where more and more services were being centralised in huge locations. That era is over. The future of the NHS is getting services into the community, including community hospitals and the small and medium sized district general hospitals.  Shotley Bridge, he said, was on the brink of getting a new community hospital,  "We have tried to split the NHS into green sites, which are Covid-free, and blue sites, where there may be Covid, so people going, for instance, for cancer treatment are safer.  Shotley Bridge has had a pandemic bounce with oncology and chemotherapy treatments now taking place there." 

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Professor Jon Glasby speaking on Community Hospitals 

Professor Jon Glasby presents the key findings of the report which shows that community hospitals are valued and trusted by patients and communities.   Jon Glasby talks of decisions on health provision being driven by "value for money."  Jon Glasby asks whether we should not focus as much as the "value" as the "money" - and have a broader notion of what matters to local people when we are deciding about the future of local services.  

Link for the video   Link to the Report 


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