A petition to save the Spencer and Fenton wards at Buxton’s Cavendish Hospital has amassed 1,000 signatures in just a matter of days.
The petition was launched in response to the proposed closure of ten specialist mental health beds on the Spencer Ward, and many of the community beds on the Fenton Ward, as part of the Better Care Closer to Home consultation.
Founder of the petition, James Wilson, said: “Spencer Ward at the Cavendish Hospital is earmarked for closure under new proposals.
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“This will mean that the Cavendish Hospital will have just eight beds to serve the needs of the High Peak area. This is unacceptable and in short we oppose these changes.”
If approved, dementia care would be provided through a Dementia Rapid Response Team (DRRT) on call county-wide.
Eight community hospital beds on the Fenton Ward would become specialist rehabilitation beds, and across the county there would be 44 Beds with Care in nursing or residential homes to replace the other eight.
To sign the petition, visit https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/157285