Why is Priory Ward closing?

Following a formal public consultation in 2014 South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced a number of changes to community services. One of the recommendations to be implemented was the closure of Priory Ward at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital (PCH) on 31 March 2016.

In South Tees we were in the unusual position of having four community hospitals in our local area which together provide 132 beds. A number of independent reviews have shown that we have more community beds than we need and the CCG plans to develop more community services would further reduce the need for beds. The reviews estimate that in future we will need approximately 62 community beds across Tees.

The CCG closed beds in Carter Bequest Hospital last year and has been investing in community infrastructure to support the further closure of beds in Guisborough by April this year – View CCG reports

Why not just renovate the ward?

A number of independent reviews have shown that we have more community beds than we need and CCG plans to develop more community services would further reduce the need for beds. The reviews estimate that in future we will need approximately 62 community beds across Tees. In addition the ward is too old, too expensive to maintain and no longer fit for purpose.

Why did I not know about this ward closure before?

This is not a new announcement. The ward closure was announced following public consultation in 2014 as part of South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s IMProVE project – View consultation papers

Where will community and outpatient services be provided?

Outpatient services will continue to be delivered at Guisborough. The CCG plans to re-develop the Chaloner building in order to accommodate existing services and potentially deliver more outpatient services. However, they are also currently exploring the possibility of a new build health centre rather than a refurbishment. A decision on whether the CCG could proceed with this will be made in August, at which stage they will further engage with the public to seek their views.

How many beds are closing/moving?

16 beds will close at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital but 14 beds will reopen at East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital. The IMProVE scheme has also introduced initiatives such as early supported discharge and rapid response nursing and therapy teams which enable some patients to receive treatment/rehabilitation in their own homes, reducing the demand for community beds.

What is the IMProVE project?

IMProVE (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) programme aims to improve health services for vulnerable and elderly patients in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland – View consultation papers

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