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Council welcomes feedback on Rothbury Community Hospital

Northumberland County Council has welcomed government feedback on the future of Rothbury Community Hospital.

The services at the hospital are commissioned by NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

In October 2017 the council’s health and wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee 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 agreed to refer the final decision to the Secretary of State for Health.

The finding of the Secretary of State is 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.

Councillor Veronica Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Wellbeing and Health, said: “In a rural community it’s very important the right services are in place and we’ll endeavour to ensure this happens in Rothbury.”

Cllr Jeff Watson, chair of the health and wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee, said: “We welcome the response from the Secretary of State.

“However the official response letter has as yet not been received by me and we have only today been informed by email of its contents.

“An action plan is being considered and the committee looks forward to working closely with the local community and the CCG to develop proposals for Rothbury Community Hospital over the coming months.”
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