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Two community hospitals in Derbyshire could close under plans for a major shake-up of NHS care in the county. Bakewell’s Newholme Hospital and Bolsover Hospital could both be closed as part of the plans, which are designed to provide care closer to home for more older people. A public consultation on the Better Care Closer to Home proposals, which are part of the 21C #JoinedUpCare programme, will run until October.
The aim of the plans is to provide care closer to home for older people receiving inpatient care in a community hospital or for older people with dementia who currently receive services from community hospitals. Health bosses say that if the proposals were introduced, over time it will reduce the demand for community hospital beds. A total of 84 general community hospital beds won’t be needed at Bolsover, Cavendish, Clay Cross, Newholme and Whitworth hospitals and a further 20 older people’s mental health beds at Cavendish and Newholme hospitals won’t be needed either. This would then lead to the closure, over time, of Bolsover and Newholme hospitals, with remaining outpatient services being relocated locally, if the plans were to go ahead after the consultation.
Information on the consultation is available on the NHS Joined Up Care website here. The consultation closes on Wednesday 5th October.