Alfred Bean Hospital

Despite overwhelming opposition from residents, doctors, businessmen and politicians from across Driffield and the Wolds, The East Riding of Yorkshire PCT now look set to finally axe the beds at the town's Alfred Bean Hospital. Latest Comments
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Post by Michael » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:31 am

Is this the end of NHS in-patient beds in Driffield?



East Riding of Yorkshire PCT - Press Release June 27th 2007

Recommendations will be made to East Riding of Yorkshire PCT’s Board today to approve substantial investment in community health services across the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Board will also be recommended to support the submission of a range of capital bids to secure funds from the Department of Health for new builds and modernisation of existing facilities across the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The proposals are being made as a result of public consultation on “A New Start for Community Health Services” which ran for 14 weeks from 30 November 2006 to 8 March 2007. At its meeting held in public on 23 May 2007, the East Riding of Yorkshire PCT Board discussed the outcomes from the public consultation and, based on an appraisal of the original options set out in the consultation document, agreed to progress the development of an outline business case based on Option C (Bridlington, Goole and Beverley) with a range of identified variants. The variants meant further consideration of the retention of a higher proportion of NHS community beds at a greater number of existing sites.

If approved, the proposed changes will eventually see:

The establishment of new 24-hour neighbourhood health teams made up of nursing staff, social services staff and therapists working together, supported by additional specialists and GPs.

NHS provided in-patient beds being retained at Withernsea Community Hospital in addition to Beverley, Goole and Bridlington.

The neighbourhood health teams will provide services to meet the needs of patients who need urgent care by providing a rapid response. The teams will also provide services for patients requiring less urgent interventions and rehabilitation. The teams will deliver this care within a variety of settings including patients’ own homes, community hospitals, other health and/or local authority premises or premises owned by the independent sector. The rapid response element will be delivered on a 24 hour a day, seven days a week basis, as the teams will be supported by multi-professional/disciplinary teams operating in the “out of hours” periods to deliver urgent care services.

Claire Wood, Interim Chief Executive said “the new plans will mean that every year 3,000 more patients will receive their care in the East Riding, instead of having to travel outside the area”.
Dinah Fuller, Clinical Executive/Board Nurse confirmed that “a key aim is to take a wider range of services into the community where they can be delivered more flexibly and conveniently for patients”.

The plans mean that more staff and health service money will be focused on NHS services in our local communities with less money being spent on services commissioned from larger hospitals outside the area.
Claire Wood stated “Standing still is not an option. We have listened to the many views expressed and deliberations have been lengthy about the future of community hospitals and we are now in a position to recommend plans to provide a secure future for them. We must however make changes to many of the current facilities, particularly the older hospitals. We need to move the emphasis of services away from bricks and mortar to more of a primary-led NHS and that is our challenge!”

The Board will be recommended to support a range of capital bids which will enable new builds to take place in Beverley and Hornsea and refurbishment of the Alfred Bean Hospital, Driffield and parts of the Bridlington and Goole Hospitals. The capital bids would also include proposals for the development of primary and community facilities in the West Wolds.

If the Board approves the recommendation, an investment business case will be submitted to the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority by 9 July 2007. A full business case will then be submitted and it is expected that the PCT will know whether this is successful by October/November 2007.

Karen Knapton, Chairman of the Board confirmed that “If the proposals are accepted the changes will need to be carefully planned and implemented. We appreciate that patients will be anxious about the proposed changes and we recognise the need to ensure community based service are available to patients as the changes are being made.”

She added “We have involved the public and partners in our decision making and we will build on this in the future. We are keen to keep a high level of engagement as we move forward with this significant investment”.

The PCT’s Board meeting will be held in public on Wednesday 27 June 2007 at 9.30 am in the Civic Hall, Market Green, Cottingham, HU16 5QG.
The Civic Hall has available seating for 100 people. For health and safety reasons, admittance will be restricted to 100 people and, at the request of key members of the community, seats will be reserved to ensure communities are fairly represented.

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Post by plook » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:12 pm

What happens to the Alfred Bean whilst the proposed bids go ahead?
What happens if the capital bid fails for the refurbishment of the Alfred Bean?
How are the public assured that there will be a co-ordinated response from Social Services when they currently couldent co-ordinate a booze up in a brewery? (Based on experience).

Mrs Wood states," We need to move the emphasis of services away from bricks and mortar to more of a primary-led NHS and that is our challenge!”
You bet it is love but where is the focus of this emphysis, the GP surgery?, the opatients own home? or a community based facility ( an upgraded Alfed Bean Hospital)all are required including a comprehensive emergency service that allows patients to be treated as near to their homes as possible not trungled to Scarborough Hospital or Hull Royal Infirmary.

What staff make up this 24 hour response team? How many individuals, where are they based? How are they contacted and by whom? And what grades of staff will be included?

What capital bids are required for Bridlington and Goole when these facilities are under used and relatively new?

These are just some of the questions.

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Post by Galadriel » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:59 pm

What bothers me when I read the report was the line 'we need to move services away from bricks and mortar to more of a primary led NHS' OH YES!! and pray tell how that will happen? Does that mean that grieving relatives won't have to wait nearly SIX hours for an on-call doctor to come and certify the death of a loved one as in a case that happened recently? Why beds retained at Withernsea? They are just down the road and a main road at that from Hull and god forbid they keep beds going at Bridlington hospital - one of the most filthy dirt infested places it's ever been my misfortune to enter! Not only that but the place is Ghostville - there's never anybody about.
Well that's me had my rant and rave - need to go lie down in a darkened room!

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Post by plook » Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:57 am

I'm sorry to say this but I think this proposal is a confidence trick.

The PCT's aim is to save money not spend it.

Mrs Wood does not say what services in the Acute Sector will be curtailed, if any, to provide funding to support her capital bids.

Capital bids are not approved by a Health Authority unless they are well supported. If we agree to this proposal and the bid fails Alfred Bean closes.

The PCT will be terribly sorry but it is "out of their hands". We have heard this one before Mrs Wood.

As for the filthy state of Bridlington Hospital, well this is the responsibility of Scarborough Hospital who manage the place.

All hospitals are expected to be inspected by competent people to ensure that they are clean and hygienic. If this is not happening at Bridlington Hospital then I suggest you write to the Chief Executive at Scarborough with copies to the Director of Infection Control( who will be on a salary of approximately £100,000 a year) and our MP., because if you don't nothing will change. State Specific issues that you have witnesses and when.

The filth you describe is due to cost saving measures, poor training,insufficient numbers of staff to carry out the work in an alloted time, poor supervision, inspection and management.

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Post by grog » Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:45 pm

I thought that Government, whether local or national, was supposed to listen to the people they represent. I saw a film recently that mentioned that people should not be afraid of government BUT that government should be afraid of the people - HOW TRUE.
I am not very political BUT it does annoy me when decisions affecting the ordinary person is NOT considered by the politician. They seem to do their own thing irrespective of what the outcome is, as long as they have their snouts in the trough the ordinary folk can go to hell.
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Post by Galadriel » Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:02 pm

So? What are we going to do then?

I watched that woman on Look North tonight - can't even remember her name and she was so convincing - not! as to why Driffield should lose it's beds and even had the nerve to talk about tax payer's money being taken into consideration as to why Driffield should lose out. Someone should tell her to get into the real world.

Has anyone been to Westwood hospital of late and seen how complicated it is to get there through the centre of Beverley now - try that when you're really ill instead of going to your local hospital at Driffield.

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Post by Michael » Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:29 pm

In that BBC Look North interview the PCT's Interim Chief Executive Claire Wood revealed that the PCT had received 53,000 responses from the public consultation process.....

I wonder how many of those responses actually asked for OUR hospital to be turned into an impoverished day centre???

So much for a public consultation!

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Post by DF » Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:03 pm

Originally posted by Galadriel
So? What are we going to do then? etc.

We must band together and try to make our voice heard.

It took my Brother and his Son 5 and a half hours to get from Rudston to Hull Royal and back last Monday during the floods - try doing that if you are in labour!!! Our local hospitals were good enough for my generation when we had our children and still would be if they hadn't been run down or sold off by the "fat cats" who try to justify their exorbitant incomes.

I see in the Daily Mail today "an extra £50million has been given to hospitals to combat superbugs - the number of infection inspectors on wards will be doubled" Another case of more Cowboys and not enough Indians!! What about the number of cleaners being doubled, trebled or whatever it needs? They just don't have a clue.

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Post by plook » Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:23 pm

My friend was seriously assalted and taken by ambulance to Scarborough Hospital where they were seen by a doctor and abandoned to find their own way home at 03.00hrs.

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Post by DF » Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:41 pm

He has my sympathy; it happens all the time. We are in our 70's and had to take my husband to Brid outpatients in the middle of winter at 11.30pm They said we could have an ambulance to Scarborough but would have to find our own way back, so we opted to drive - got back home at 4am

quote:Originally posted by plook
My friend was seriously assalted and taken by ambulance to Scarborough Hospital where they were seen by a doctor and abandoned to find their own way home at 03.00hrs.

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