New group to examine Rothbury hospital proposals
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A new group will examine proposals put forward by the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regarding the future of Rothbury Community Hospital.
The services at the hospital are commissioned by the CCG and provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. In October 2017 the council’s Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) met to consider the proposed closure of the 12 bed inpatient ward at the hospital, with services being shaped around a new health and wellbeing centre on the site.
The committee referred the final decision to the Secretary of State for Health. Last month he announced that while the inpatient ward should not be immediately re-opened, further action is required to agree and implement the proposed health and wellbeing centre.
The Minister asked for an update on progress by the end of January 2019.
The council has already pledged to work closely with all the relevant organisations to develop proposals for the hospital over the coming months
Councillor Jeff Watson, who also leads the Health and Wellbeing OSC, will chair the new review group.
At the first scoping session it was agreed that the CCG, Trust and OSC would fully engage with the community as the health and wellbeing centre is developed.
Councillor Watson said: “As timescales are tight it is important we set up a small working group to ensure progress is made quickly.
“Although an update is required by the Secretary of State by the end of January we do recognise work will continue beyond then which the OSC will need to monitor and review.”
David Thompson, Chair of Healthwatch Northumberland, added: “We welcome the opportunity to continue our involvement in this crucially important issue for people in the Rothbury area, in our role as independent health and social care champion.
“We would encourage people to get in touch with Healthwatch with their ideas and views.”
A meeting of the review group, which the public can attend, will be held in the council chamber at County Hall on December 10 at 9.30am.