Business as usual for Guisborough Hospital clinics
People visiting Guisborough Primary Care Hospital are being reminded that all outpatient, diagnostic and therapy services will continue to be provided as usual at when Priory Ward closes.
The ward closure, agreed by NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of a public consultation held in 2014, is planned to take place by 31 March 2016 and will see the hospital’s inpatient service transfer its remaining beds to East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital in Brotton.
Additional beds will open at East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital in Brotton, and beds will also be available at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.
All other services will remain at Guisborough Hospital with plans to redevelop part of the site later this year to better accommodate existing services and potentially create space for additional ones.
The Chaloner building, the former maternity unit opposite the main hospital building, will be redeveloped later this year, though the CCG are exploring the possibility of building a new health centre on the main hospital site if national funding can be secured. A decision on this will be made in August 2016.
In future patients who would have been treated on Priory Ward will be admitted to East Cleveland Hospital’s newly refurbished Tockett’s Ward or Redcar Primary Care Hospital, which specialises in stroke rehabilitation.
Priory Ward’s nursing staff will all be relocated to other wards across the trust including East Cleveland, James Cook and Friarage hospitals.
Bev Dredge, directorate manager for community services in Redcar and Cleveland, said: “We want to reassure patients that all existing outpatient, diagnostic and therapy services will continue to operate from Guisborough as usual after the ward closure.”
The changes are being implemented as part of South Tees CCG’s IMProVE (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) programme which aims to improve health services for vulnerable and elderly patients in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
The IMProVE project is investing in community services to enable more patients to be treated closer to home, reducing the demand for community hospital beds.
Reviews conducted as part of the IMProVE programme revealed it would be too costly to maintain the ward building at Guisborough to an acceptable standard.