Fears raised ward for elderly at Clacton Hospital could be closed (From Clacton and Frinton Gazette)
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Fears raised ward for elderly at Clacton Hospital could be closed
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
FEARS have been raised that a shake-up of services at Clacton Hospital could see the closure of a ward used by the elderly.
The 28-bed Durban ward at the district hospital is mainly used by older people to treat a variety of health problems.
The ward is currently a so-called ‘step down’ ward for patients well enough to leave Colchester Hospital.
As part of the shake-up health bosses at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing a new “model” aimed at “improving patient experience and achieving better value for money”.
One of five options being put forward at board meeting on September 24 includes closing the Durban ward, although health bosses claim it is unlikely to be selected and that the proposals are not aimed at cutting beds.
Its preferred option is to retain it as a mixed ward with beds allocated by Colchester Hospital and for other beds to be used as a “residential enablement facility”.
Clacton county councillor Andy Wood said: “We have a lot of elderly people in our area and services for the elderly must be kept.
“I’m not even happy that the option to close the ward is even being considered – I don’t know why they keep attacking our hospital.”
Lisa Llewelyn, director of quality and nursing at the commissioning group, said: “This review of the use of community beds is about looking at how we can best meet the needs of the community and improve patient experience."