Talks over fu­ture of com­mu­nity care

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

TALKS BE­GIN today to de­cide the fu­ture of adult com­mu­nity care ser­vices in the Craven district of North York­shire.

A three-month con­sul­ta­tion has been launched by the gov­ern­ing body of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group over the ser­vices which en­com­pass re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, pre­vent­ing pa­tients from fall­ing acutely un­well and care at, or near, the end of life.

It is prompted by the tem­po­rary clo­sure in April of ten-bed Castle­berg Hos­pi­tal in Gig­gleswick due to power sup­ply, heat­ing and drainage prob­lems at the site.

Since then, in­pa­tient beds have been pro­vided at care homes and ex­tra ser­vices of­fered at hos­pi­tals in Stee­ton and Lan­caster, and via ad­di­tional home vis­its.

The CCG pro­poses con­tin­u­ing in­pa­tient care in the com­mu­nity and ser­vices at Castle­berg or, al­ter­na­tively, clos­ing the hos­pi­tal and of­fer­ing “an en­hanced range of care” in peo­ple’s homes or in an al­ter­na­tive com­mu­nity set­ting.

Build­ing a new fa­cil­ity has been ruled out on cost grounds.

Hugh Bon­neville de­scribed Michael Bond as be­ing ‘as kindly, dig­ni­fied, charm­ing and lov­able’ as Padding­ton Bear. Michael Bond’s daugh­ter Karen Jankel and Stephen Fry spoke at the me­mo­rial ser­vice.

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