Health chief speaks out about Cavendish Hospital consultation

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.

Since it was first announced that the Spencer Ward may close and bed may be lost on Fenton people have wanted answers.

The NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group feel the number of returned consultation documents shows people are engaging with the proposal.

So far 30,000 documents have been printed regarding Better Care Closer to Home.

Miles Scott, chief finance officer at NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group commented on behalf of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The latest figures as of last week show that we have received just over 1000 questionnaires.

“We are really pleased with the response we have received so far and look forward to engaging with more people in September as the extra public meetings we have organised get underway.”

An academic who will be carrying out the independent evaluation has said this is a ‘very good return’ at this stage of the consultation.

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

When asked how much the consultation has cost so far the health bodies could not provide this information before the Advertiser went to print.

The issue of a Western Hub was put to the health experts and Miles said: “Both NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group welcome any suggestions or alternative ideas put forward as part of the consultation on Better Care Closer to Home. These will be considered as part of the overall feedback prior to any final recommendations.”

A major concern for people who are fighting to keep the hospital open is how will patients’s health be impacted if these changes go ahead.

Miles said: “Two Dementia Rapid Response Teams will be introduced to cover the North Derbyshire area.

“The teams will provide a high quality, effective and safe alternative to admission to a community hospital for people with severe dementia because of an urgent care need related to their symptoms.

“The teams will work 8am-8pm, seven days per week. Our analysis suggests a small number of people with severe dementia will have an urgent care need outside of these hours and they will be supported by the on-call older adult psychiatrist and admitted if required. More details can be found on page nine of the Better Care Closer to Home consultation document. It’s important to underline that under the proposals put forward anyone that requires an inpatient bed will have access to one.”

Miles added: “We would recommend that anyone who is concerned about any aspect of the proposals put forward in Better Care Closer to Home read through the document to understand how all the proposals fit together.”

The consultation document can be completed online at http://www.joinedupcare.org.uk or people can call 01246 514176 or come along to one of the additional public meetings we have programmed for September.