Frenchay Hospital: our statement in response to the Secretary of State's decision

Date: 18 Mar 2014

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The CCG has welcomed the Secretary of State’s decision not to further review local plans relating to future health and social care services at Frenchay.

The GP-led body, which plans and buys local healthcare, said the decision means it can now get on with planning local rehabilitation services including community beds on the Frenchay site, as well as providing more outpatient services and diagnostic test services at community locations including Cossham Hospital in Kingswood and West Gate Health Centre in Yate.

In the weeks ahead, the CCG will confirm a timetable for engaging with local people about these plans, including the community beds for inpatient rehabilitation at Frenchay.

Where services will be for now

Until the beds are in place, these services will be provided on a temporary basis, from May 2014, at Elgar House at Southmead Hospital. Subject to a detailed timetable being agreed, the replacement beds at Frenchay are expected to be available in 2017.

Rehabilitation beds are for people who are ready to be discharged following admission to an acute hospital, but still need rehabilitation and nursing care before they can return home.

Similar provision is available at Thornbury Hospital and many people also receive rehabilitation support in their own homes, through the community health service.

Frenchay Hospital

"We’re very pleased to be given the go-ahead to proceed with our plans for improving local health services for people in South Gloucestershire. As local GPs talking to patients every week in our surgeries, we also recognise that we need to strengthen our approach to engaging local people, patient and carers so that they can have confidence in decisions about how local health services are provided."

- Dr Jonathan Hayes, Chair of South Gloucestershire CCG

These plans are part of our overall approach to improving health and social care services for the whole of South Gloucestershire, working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and providers including North Bristol NHS Trust and our new community health services provider Sirona Care & Health.

"We know that our patients prefer to have their health needs looked after as close to home as possible but they also want to be confident that specialist hospital care is also available when needed. We will continue to work with local people to develop plans to achieve this.

North Bristol NHS Trust

Sirona Care & Health