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Public invited to share their views on Rothbury Community Hospital

Tuesday, 01 November, 2016
Public invited to share their views on Rothbury Community Hospital

Members of the public are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss the decline in inpatient activity and the temporary suspension of new inpatient admissions at Rothbury Community Hospital.

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is carrying out a formal review into the low use of inpatient services at the hospital and will present its findings at this meeting.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday 17 November at 6.30pm at Jubilee Hall, Bridge Street, Rothbury. To register to attend this event please click here

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer for the CCG, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the engagement sessions at the hospital. We were asked some very relevant questions and received some useful suggestions concerning future services. All the feedback gathered will be considered as part of the review.

“Some of the key themes that emerged were how much people value the care they have received in Rothbury and the very high standards and compassion experienced by patients from the staff looking after them.

“As healthcare leaders, one of our duties is to ensure that we continually review services and, in doing so, make sure we deliver the very best quality of care for patients and make the very best use of taxpayers’ money and our finite resources.

“Nevertheless, we absolutely understand some of the concerns that have been raised.”

The decision to temporarily suspend new inpatient admissions at Rothbury, for a period of three months, was taken in light of the continued extremely low use of the ward which, on average, saw only half of the 12 beds being occupied at any one time throughout the whole of last year – a figure which dropped as low as 35% bed occupancy for July 2016.

This decline in inpatient activity reflects the fact that more and more care is now being safely delivered outside of hospital and within the comfort of people’s own homes, particularly for older and more complex patients.