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Bradwell Hospital bed closure delayed until December

The closure of 63 beds at Bradwell Hospital has been delayed.

The beds were due to be empty of patients by 28th October, under plans to offer more care at home through the 'My Care, My Way - Home First" scheme.

Two wards were closed at Cheadle Hospital last month under the initiative.

North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke-on-Trent CCG say the trust that runs Bradwell - UHNM - issued notice to them on 29th July about the beds, and they had been working together to ensure that all patients had a discharge plan in place.

CCG bosses have told us work has been taking place for months to recruit more district nurses and invested in ensuring that alternative services are in place.

But now a decision has been made that the beds at Bradwell will not be closed until 18th December.

It comes after staff, local councillors and residents held a second meeting on Friday to discuss their concerns about the closure of the beds, and spent the weekend collecting signatures for their petition against the plans.

Paula Clark, Chief Executive of UHMN, said: “UHNM have been very open about our concerns in relation to the timing of the community bed closures at Bradwell Hospital which were originally planned for 28 October 2016. 

"Following discussions with North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs we have reached a compromise under which the gradual reduction of beds available at Bradwell will take place until 18 December 2016.

"This will allow us the time to work very closely with partners across the health and care system to develop safe discharge plans for all patients.

"This also enables UHNM to continue to refer in those patients who can benefit from a short term stay in a community bed.

“Staff at Bradwell have been absolutely fantastic during a very uncertain period and I am full of admiration for their professionalism and dedication to patients. 

"Although we have kept staff informed of the situation through both verbal and written updates, I know that many of them had hoped the beds would remain open indefinitely.

"I have written to them personally to let them know what is happening, and we will be conducting a formal 45 day management of change process which begins on Monday 24th October.

"I hope that during this process we will be able to identify roles for all those who want to continue working in the local health and care system as I am very keen to retain their skills, expertise and compassion for patients.”

 

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