Talks over future of community care
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.
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