CAVENDISH HOSPITAL: Consultation has closed

Cavendish Hospital, Buxton
Cavendish Hospital, Buxton

A consultation on major changes to health services - which will affect Buxton’s Cavendish Hospital - has closed.

Under the Better Care Closer to Home proposal put forward by North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Hardwick CCG, Cavendish Hospital could lose its ten specialist mental health beds on the Spencer Ward.

Health chiefs say care would be provided through a countywide Dementia Rapid Response Team and admissions via Walton Hospital in Chesterfield.

Eight community beds on Fenton Ward would become specialist rehabilitation beds and across the county there would be 44 beds with care in nursing or residential home to replace the other eight, at locations as yet unknown.

Since the consultation was launched in June, campaigners have said that the services provided at the Cavendish Hospital are too important to lose.

Campaigner and High Peak borough councillor Kath Sizeland said “People with dementia need the reassurance of being in a place they know and surrounded by loved ones.

“Staff on Spencer Ward already provide so much support and knowledge to people in the community it seems wrong to shut down a vital service.

“I hope that now the consultation is over our views on living in a rural area will be listened to because for those patients that need to be sent to hospital under the new plans that means Chesterfield and it is too far for people in the High Peak especially with the public transport in a bad way.”

To encourage people to have their say on the plans, health chiefs have asked people to complete questionnaires and campaigners in Buxton and in Chapel have handed out more than 3,000 to shoppers.

Coun Sizeland said: “We fought with dignity and integrity and hopefully they will see our point. We couldn’t have done anymore.

“In the responses people have backed the Western Hub plan which I think is full of common sense and good ideas.”

The counter-proposal, if agreed, would see the Spencer Ward remain open and become a centre of excellence and a base for services in the west of the county.

“Care homes are closing both in the NHS and private sector so we need to make sure our relatives receive the care they need and carers get proper respite which I don’t think can happen under the proposal,” Coun Sizeland added.

“We have been told by the CCG a decision regarding the Cavendish will be made by January.”