Bradwell Hospital staff say they'll fight plans to close 63 community beds

A group of staff at Bradwell Hospital are taking action, over plans to close 63 beds at the site.

The closures are part of the introduction of the My Care, My Way - Home First model, which aims to provide more care at home rather than keep patients in community hospitals - which bosses say it what residents have asked for.

But workers we spoke to at the site say they have been kept in the dark over the process and timescale of shutting beds.

Nurses say that while they support the theory behind the strategy, they are unclear on how it could be implemented safely due to the lack of social care provisions available.

Concerns have also been raised over the impact on the Royal Stoke hospital, and its ability to cope with demand.

Campaigners have held a meeting, which was attended by staff, families, councillors and union members to discuss their fears about the plans, and how they will oppose them.

An online petition has been signed by more than 2,500 since it was launched on Sunday.

They are now inviting health bosses to a meeting at 7pm next Friday at Bradwell Community Centre so that they can get answers about to questions about how it'll work, and why were they not consulted

In a statement North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke-on-Trent CCG have confirmed 63 beds are planned to be empty of patients by 28th October and will be temporarily closed to new admissions this month: "The CCGs are working collaboratively with UHNM and other partners to ensure that all patients in Bradwell Hospital have a discharge plan in place. 

"The CCGs have commissioned a range of alternative provision and services to facilitate the discharge of all patients from Bradwell Hospital. These services will also be available to UHNM to facilitate discharges from the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The remaining services provided at Bradwell Hospital will be unaffected.

"The future use of all the community hospitals will be subject to formal public consultation later in the year.”

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