HEALTH bosses at NHS Nottingham City and NHS Nottinghamshire County have approved plans for the relocation of two wards currently based at Kirkby’s Ashfield Health Village - but they have announced that they make an extra investment of £1.6million for new services and longer opening hours at the facility.
The plans, which were approved at a board meeting in Nottingham yesterday, mean that Chatsworth ward will go to Mansfield Community Hospital and the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit to King’s Mill Hospital within the next few months.
It follows an earlier decision to move the dementia wards, Shelley and Bronte from the health village to King’s Mill Hospital and Highbury at Bulwell.
The joint PCT board made its final decisions about health village after hearing the feedback from additional consultation which took place just before Christmas and earlier this month.
The board adapted its proposals as a result of local opinion, including extending the centre’s proposed opening hours. The centre will now open over the weekends as well as during the week, in line with service requirements, and the expectation is that it will open from 8am until 8pm.
To answer public concerns about potential transport difficulties and costs for families visiting relatives in the relocated wards, Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with current providers of community and voluntary transport in the area to understand how best to make patients and their families aware of these schemes, while ensuring they have the capacity to respond.
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