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New dementia services will be based out of Cavendish Hospital

Cavendish Hospital
Cavendish Hospital

A dementia rapid response team will be based out of the High Peak, it has been confirmed.

After months of fighting for the care of the most vulnerable in the community, campaigners have been told the on-call dementia rapid response team (DRRT) will now have a High Peak base.

Jonathan Sanderson, general manager integrated community services for High Peak and North Dales for Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Foundation Trust said: “My action was to check if DCHS could provide office space for the Dementia Rapid Response Team in the High Peak. I’m pleased to confirm space has been identified at the Cavendish Hospital.”

The future of care has been under jeopardy since North Derbyshire and Hardwick clinical commissioning groups (CCG) voted to permanently close the Spencer Ward, which dealt with older people’s mental health.

This controversial cost-cutting exercise was aimed at reducing hospital admissions and providing more care for patients in their own homes. A new system will see the on-call DRRT operating county-wide between 8am and 8pm. In January it was announced the DRRT would be based out of Newholme Hospital.

Campaigner Kath Sizeland said: “I am absolutely delighted we have made a positive step forward.

“Once services go, and we have lost a lot in the High Peak, it is hard to get them back so this is a real achievement.

“We have all continued to fight the fight because if care in the community is the way forward we need to know staff are going to be based in the area.”

The DRRT will be based out of the Cavendish Hospital until Buxton’s new £20m health hub opens on the former bottling site on Station Road.