CAVENDISH HOSPITAL: Western Hub idea would save money for NHS

Cavendish Hospital would be affected by the changes proposed in the Better Care Closer to Home consultation.
Cavendish Hospital would be affected by the changes proposed in the Better Care Closer to Home consultation.

The Western Hub is a counter proposal to the current Better Care Closer to Home plan and has been devised by campaigners trying to save wards at the Cavendish Hospital.

Last week a supporter of this idea, Keith Horncastle, met with health chiefs to discuss the possibility of the Western Hub becoming a reality.

If it were to be given the go ahead the Western Hub would see Spencer Ward have its role extended to meet the expectations of Better Care Closer to Home as a centre of excellence for High Peak and the western part of Dales.

Keith said: “Having one hub in Chesterfield is like a unicycle which is a circus of clowns falling off. Having two hubs one for the eastern side of the county and one for the western side would be like a functioning bicycle no one would fall off and everyone would feel safe.”

Cavendish Hospital could lose its ten specialist mental health beds on the Spencer Ward as care would be provided in the community through a Dementia Rapid Response Team on call county wide 8am to 8pm and emergency admissions would be made at Walton Hospital in Chesterfield.

Keith said: “With the Western Hub it means no more than 12 miles for familiar faces to keep in contact with.”

The financial aspect of Better Care Closer to home was discussed and Keith said the new idea would save money.

“The hospital already has overheads, and great staff so make use of this and save money by bringing together services which would need start up costs like the response team and lets really fight for our loved ones to get the best possible care.”