Consultation on Royston Hospital

CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO ‘A VISION AND STRATEGY FOR INTERMEDIATE CARE SERVICES IN HERTFORDSHIRE’

 

JOINT RESPONSE FROM

ROYSTON AND DISTRICT AREA COMMITTEE

 (NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL)

 AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS FOR ROYSTON (FIONA HILL)

 AND NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE RURAL (TONY HUNTER)

 

 

ENGAGEMENT QUESTIONS

 

Question 1 –  Intermediate Care Vision and Strategy

 

a)         Opportunities/Advantages

 

The new strategy allows for a purpose built, modern community facility to accommodate the needs for intermediate care, with medical, nursing and therapy support, in Royston and the surrounding area.

 

b)         Challenges/Concerns

 

            These relate to the logistics of continuous intermediate care during the period of development of the new facility.  Other concerns relate to the consistency of outpatient services and clinics currently situated atRoystonHospital, together with the Royston and District Volunteer Centre and Royston and District Community Transport offices.  Both organisations are very important in the community, have close links withRoystonHospitaland are currently located on the Hospital site.

 

Question 2 – Royston Proposals

 

v)         Procure an independent care home provider to redevelop the hospital site to provide purpose-built facilities for intermediate care and residential/nursing home care to serve the local population.

 

We support the concept of involving an independent care home provider to redevelop the hospital site in order to accommodate intermediate care and residential/nursing home care for Royston and the surrounding area.

 

            Should any of the land be sold (careful consideration should be given as to whether a lease is a better option), Royston must receive a legacy, whether through planning gain, or other means, for future health provision, bearing in mind the expansion of the town and surrounding area.  Planning conditions/clauses should also be applied to safeguard community health services in Royston, in the future.  It is vital that as much land as possible is retained in the ownership of the NHS.

 

 

vi)        Provide space to run outpatient clinics, community services and other services currently delivered in the Royston Hospital site, either:-

 

            To the new facility on the hospital site

 

            This is an ideal rural location for residential/nursing home care and intermediate care beds, with appropriate supporting services.  The new facility is essential for Royston and the surrounding villages. 

 

            Any development should allow for future expansion if more beds and further space for additional supporting services and clinics are required.

 

            In an extension to the Royston Health Centre

 

            Given the existing timescale and funding currently available, we support the proposal for an extension to Royston Health Centre to locate outpatient clinics, community services and other services, whilst the development of theRoystonHospital site is in progress.

 

No outpatient clinics and services currently held atRoystonHospitalshould be ceased until a new location has been identified and is operational.

 

There should be a long term vision for health services in Royston and the surrounding area.  The style of any new extension should be such that there is room for future phased modular expansion, should it be required (possibly medical, nursing, therapy services and meeting/conference rooms).  It has been stated that there is currently a shortage of space at Royston Health Centre and that any additional space from an extension could be used in the long term, following development of the current Hospital site.

 

Any plans relating to Royston Health Centre also need to take into account and not put in jeopardy any possible future development of the Civic Centre/Town Hall site.

 

Consideration should also be given to the fact that parking is currently free for employees, patients and visitors atRoystonHospitalbut charges exist in the car park nearest the Royston Health Centre. 

 

            In an alternative local location

 

We have concerns that this would become a permanent solution. In our opinion, the sites which have been investigated, for example, Lumen House, are totally unsuitable (insufficient parking, transport links, vehicular accessibility, financially unviable).  Services would become fragmented and would be costly, confusing and inconsistent if they were put in more than one location.  It is imperative that the services remain together.

 

 

vii)        During the planning and development of the new facility, close Royston Hospital and commission an appropriate number of NHS-funded intermediate care beds from local care home providers in the town and make local arrangements to accommodate other services.

 

            We support temporary commissioning of an appropriate number of NHS funded intermediate care beds from local care home providers in the town.  However, no beds should be removed fromRoystonHospital until appropriate arrangements and agreements have been confirmed and local providers have agreed to accommodate patients. 

 

GENERAL

 

Future health requirements in Royston will need to include capacity for the 4,000 patients currently using the Market Hill Surgery when the lease expires in three years’ time.

 

There is currently a strong, committed and professional team of employees employed at Royston Hospital and it is vital that patients continue to be served in this way and there is consistency in the service provided.

 

We would stress again that theRoystonHospitalshould remain open for intermediate care beds and all outpatient clinics and services currently situated at the site until suitable alternative local provision is available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO ‘A VISION AND STRATEGY FOR INTERMEDIATE CARE SERVICES IN HERTFORDSHIRE’

 

 

 

JOINT RESPONSE FROM

 

ROYSTON AND DISTRICT AREA COMMITTEE

 

 (NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL)

 

 AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS FOR ROYSTON (FIONA HILL)

 

 AND NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE RURAL (TONY HUNTER)

 

 

 

 

 

ENGAGEMENT QUESTIONS

 

 

 

Question 1 –  Intermediate Care Vision and Strategy

 

 

 

a)         Opportunities/Advantages

 

 

 

The new strategy allows for a purpose built, modern community facility to accommodate the needs for intermediate care, with medical, nursing and therapy support, in Royston and the surrounding area.

 

 

 

b)         Challenges/Concerns

 

 

 

            These relate to the logistics of continuous intermediate care during the period of development of the new facility.  Other concerns relate to the consistency of outpatient services and clinics currently situated atRoystonHospital, together with the Royston and District Volunteer Centre and Royston and District Community Transport offices.  Both organisations are very important in the community, have close links withRoystonHospitaland are currently located on the Hospital site.

 

 

 

Question 2 – Royston Proposals

 

 

 

v)         Procure an independent care home provider to redevelop the hospital site to provide purpose-built facilities for intermediate care and residential/nursing home care to serve the local population.

 

 

 

We support the concept of involving an independent care home provider to redevelop the hospital site in order to accommodate intermediate care and residential/nursing home care for Royston and the surrounding area.

 

 

 

            Should any of the land be sold (careful consideration should be given as to whether a lease is a better option), Royston must receive a legacy, whether through planning gain, or other means, for future health provision, bearing in mind the expansion of the town and surrounding area.  Planning conditions/clauses should also be applied to safeguard community health services in Royston, in the future.  It is vital that as much land as possible is retained in the ownership of the NHS.

 

 

 

 

 

vi)        Provide space to run outpatient clinics, community services and other services currently delivered in the Royston Hospital site, either:-

 

 

 

            To the new facility on the hospital site

 

 

 

            This is an ideal rural location for residential/nursing home care and intermediate care beds, with appropriate supporting services.  The new facility is essential for Royston and the surrounding villages. 

 

 

 

            Any development should allow for future expansion if more beds and further space for additional supporting services and clinics are required.

 

 

 

            In an extension to the Royston Health Centre

 

 

 

            Given the existing timescale and funding currently available, we support the proposal for an extension to Royston Health Centre to locate outpatient clinics, community services and other services, whilst the development of theRoystonHospital site is in progress.

 

 

 

No outpatient clinics and services currently held atRoystonHospitalshould be ceased until a new location has been identified and is operational.

 

 

 

There should be a long term vision for health services in Royston and the surrounding area.  The style of any new extension should be such that there is room for future phased modular expansion, should it be required (possibly medical, nursing, therapy services and meeting/conference rooms).  It has been stated that there is currently a shortage of space at Royston Health Centre and that any additional space from an extension could be used in the long term, following development of the current Hospital site.

 

 

 

Any plans relating to Royston Health Centre also need to take into account and not put in jeopardy any possible future development of the Civic Centre/Town Hall site.

 

 

 

Consideration should also be given to the fact that parking is currently free for employees, patients and visitors atRoystonHospitalbut charges exist in the car park nearest the Royston Health Centre. 

 

 

 

            In an alternative local location

 

 

 

We have concerns that this would become a permanent solution. In our opinion, the sites which have been investigated, for example, Lumen House, are totally unsuitable (insufficient parking, transport links, vehicular accessibility, financially unviable).  Services would become fragmented and would be costly, confusing and inconsistent if they were put in more than one location.  It is imperative that the services remain together.

 

 

 

 

 

vii)        During the planning and development of the new facility, close Royston Hospital and commission an appropriate number of NHS-funded intermediate care beds from local care home providers in the town and make local arrangements to accommodate other services.

 

 

 

            We support temporary commissioning of an appropriate number of NHS funded intermediate care beds from local care home providers in the town.  However, no beds should be removed fromRoystonHospital until appropriate arrangements and agreements have been confirmed and local providers have agreed to accommodate patients. 

 

 

 

GENERAL

 

 

 

Future health requirements in Royston will need to include capacity for the 4,000 patients currently using the Market Hill Surgery when the lease expires in three years’ time.

 

 

 

There is currently a strong, committed and professional team of employees employed at Royston Hospital and it is vital that patients continue to be served in this way and there is consistency in the service provided.

 

 

 

We would stress again that theRoystonHospitalshould remain open for intermediate care beds and all outpatient clinics and services currently situated at the site until suitable alternative local provision is available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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