Ryedale Ward at Malton Hospital will close this Friday
7:13pm 19th October 2010
That's how local MP Anne McIntosh has described news that the Ryedale Ward at Malton Hospital will close this Friday (22nd October 2010).
Five in-patient beds will go with just one being relocated to a different ward.
It's the final step in removing twenty beds from the hospital, as North Yorkshire and York PCT say it's moving services out into the community.
Ms McIntosh has told Minster FM "the lack of consultation, which has led to this newly renovated ward being closed, leaving both patients and doctors concerned for the future of the hospital."
Janet Probert, managing director of North Yorkshire and York Community and Mental Health Services, said:
"We are fully aware of the local concerns about our enhanced community services pilot scheme and we are working with a range of people to make sure we understand and allay those concerns.
"This important pilot is part of our wider plan to reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions, enable quicker discharge from hospital and establish better follow up care for people who do require a hospital admission. The development of the 24 hour enhanced community service will ensure that people are treated in the environment which is best suited to their needs.
"There continues to be an essential role for our community hospitals, including Whitby and Malton, especially when people need a certain level of in-patient care close to their homes. Our staff are also responding very positively to our proposals and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment and support."
Dr Vicky Pleydell, local GP and Chair of NHS North Yorkshire and York's Clinical Executive, said:
"Evidence shows that patients retain their independence, benefit from quicker rehabilitation and have a reduced risk of infection when they are treated in their own homes.
"As a GP, I often discuss with patients and their carers the most appropriate package of care for them, having assessed their clinical condition and support. At present, some patients have to be admitted to a community hospital because there isn't the level of clinical support necessary in the community to keep them at home - even though their condition doesn't require hospital treatment. Enhanced community services will provide that care.
"The pilot scheme for the Whitby and Ryedale areas builds on the experience of the 'hospital at home' service in Ryedale in 2009/10. This was implemented on a temporary basis whilst an in-patient ward was out of use and demonstrated real benefits.
"Despite one of the worst winters for many years and higher than average levels of flu in the community, we succeeded in reducing the need for some admissions and supported a total of 121 people, many more than we could have done from our community hospital bed base."
At the end of March 2011 a full evaluation of the pilots will be conducted to inform any decision on what service changes might be required after that point. If any significant changes are proposed a period of extensive public engagement will be undertaken.
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