South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reminding patients that all outpatient, diagnostic and therapy services will continue to be provided as usual at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital when Priory Ward closes.
The ward closure, announced following formal consultation by South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2014, is planned to take place by 31 March 2016 and will see the hospital’s inpatient service transfer its remaining beds to East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital in Brotton.
All other services will remain at Guisborough Hospital with plans to redevelop part of the site later this year to better accommodate existing services and potentially create space for additional ones.
South Tees CCG plans to redevelop the hospital’s Chaloner Building (the former maternity unit opposite the main building) but is also exploring the possibility of building a new health centre on the main hospital site if national funding can be secured.
“A decision on whether we can proceed with this will be made in August, at which stage we will further engage with the public to seek their views,” said Julie Stevens, commissioning and delivery manager for South Tees CCG.
In future patients who would have been treated on Priory Ward will be admitted to East Cleveland Hospital’s newly refurbished Tockett’s Ward or Redcar Primary Care Hospital, which specialises in stroke rehabilitation.
Priory Ward’s nursing staff will all be relocated to other wards across the trust including East Cleveland, James Cook and Friarage hospitals.
Bev Dredge, directorate manager for community services in Redcar and Cleveland, said: “We want to reassure patients that all existing outpatient, diagnostic and therapy services will continue to operate from Guisborough as usual after the ward closure.”
The changes are being implemented as part of South Tees CCG’s IMProVE (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) programme which aims to improve health services for vulnerable and elderly patients in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
The IMProVE project is investing in community services to enable more patients to be treated closer to home, reducing the demand for community hospital beds.
Reviews conducted as part of the IMProVE programme revealed it would be too costly to maintain the ward building at Guisborough to an acceptable standard.
For the latest updates on Guisborough Hospital services visit southtees.nhs.uk/hospitals/guisborough/