GREAT NEWS: Plans to axe Whitworth Hospital rehabilitation ward REVERSED!

GREAT NEWS: Plans to axe Whitworth Hospital rehabilitation ward REVERSED!

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NHS bosses have scrapped plans to close Whitworth Hospitals rehabilitation ward, following alternative services proving too costly

Over 10 beds on Oker Ward have been facing the axe since mid 2017. These changes were part of a larger Derbyshire wide reorganisation, which would have seen a dedicated unit built at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Wonderful news: Whitworth Hospital no longer faces any staff reductions!

But at the joint governing bodies meeting on the 13th of December, it was concluded that such a move wouldn’t be financially feasible, thus Whitworth’s rehabilitation ward will now remain open.

A spokesperson for the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) said ” The reason for the amendment to the plan was predominantly due to the practical challenges of implementing the 24 bed on a new ward in Chesterfield, which has been shown to not be possible without significant funding”

A 'save our beds' campaign was run by Matlock Hospitals League of Friends

Another rehabilitation ward at Clay Cross was also spared closure, which is also great news! Hundreds of locals had written in protest to the CCG surrounding the proposed closures. In the meantime, resources will be made available to ensure routine maintenance works are carried out on the rehabilitation ward.

This article is credited to Matlock Mercury. You can view their full article here.

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