Originally posted 29 September 2016
The following has been received from NHS Hambleton, inviting comments on plans for changes to community health services:
28 September 2016
Last chance to have a say on community health services consultation
Residents of Hambleton and Richmondshire have until 5pm on Friday 7 October 2016 to choose their preferred option for the Transforming Our Communities consultation.
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) who are managing the formal public consultation have a short online and hard copy questionnaire to complete which includes three options.
Janet Probert, Chief Officer of the CCG said:
“We have now finished our local public consultation events, with the last taking place at Meadowfields Extra Care Housing facility in Thirsk.
“These events have been an invaluable source of information from patients, NHS colleagues and local representatives. Since the very start of the consultation, we have arranged 51 events and spoken with over 880 members of the public.
“But there is still time to have your say in a more formal way – the consultation questionnaire is open until 5pm on Friday 7 October. Simply visit our website, www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk to download a hard copy or complete the online version.
“Supporting information to include an information leaflet and videos can also be found on our website.
“Thank you to everyone who has participated so far and we look forward to receiving more completed questionnaires.”
The ‘Transforming Our Communities’ consultation is asking residents of Hambleton and Richmondshire to select their preferred option for community services transformation and ensuring care closer to home for the majority of the population.
There are three options which specifically involve the Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk and some rehabilitation beds on the Rutson Ward at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, however all residents of Hambleton and Richmondshire are encouraged to take part before 5pm on Friday 7 October 2016.
For further information contact HRW CCG Communications and Engagement on 01609 767621
Picture caption: Janet Probert, Chief Officer of NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG
The consultation options are as follows:
Option one – do nothing. The Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk will remain closed. The Rutson Ward in the Friarage Hospital will continue to be commissioned as it is now.
Option two – re-open The Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk with a new North Yorkshire based service provider delivering inpatient care. The beds at the Rutson Ward will go back to the original specification. This option would require a competitive tender process to find a new provider of services. Due to the resources available, this option would limit the options of beds available to the wider Hambleton and Richmondshire community.
Option three (preferred option based on feedback from engagement) – provide a range of step-up/step-down beds* in the community supported by integrated locality teams. This option would see a range of beds being commissioned by the CCG in areas of high demand for patients across Hambleton and Richmondshire. This option would result in the permanent closure of the Lambert Memorial Hospital and the decommissioning of the community rehabilitation beds on the Rutson Ward. A service for patients requiring intensive rehabilitation following a stroke will continue to be provided from the Rutson Ward.
*Step-up/step-down beds are a short stay arrangement to assist in the rehabilitation of patients who do not need to be in hospital but are not able to be cared for in their own home.
An online questionnaire is available on the CCG’s website: www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk/transforming-our-communities
The CCG has released a summary consultation document to help the public of Hambleton and Richmondshire choose their preferred option for the transformation of local community health services.
The document, now available on the CCG’s website (www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk/transforming-our-communities) outlines three options for the formal consultation which include proposed changes to The Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk and The Rutson Ward in Northallerton.
Documents in alterative formats, a hard copy consultation summary document or questionnaire can be requested by emailing the CCG on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01609 767600. Alternatively, by writing to:
Freepost Plus, RTER-KESE-BGCH
Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group
Communications and Engagement Team
NHS HAMBLETON, RICHMONDSHIRE AND WHITBY CCG
Tel: 01609 767621
Fax: 01609 767601