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Improvements to South Tees NHS estate and services continue

by Chris Cunniff

South Tees patients are being reminded that all outpatient, diagnostic and therapy services will continue to be provided at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital when the  Priory Ward closes later this month.

The ward closure, announced following formal consultation by South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2014, will see the hospital’s inpatient service transfer its remaining beds to East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital in Brotton on 31 March 2016.

Guisborough Primary Care Hospital is owned by NHS Property Services and the closure of the ward is part of the South Tees Strategic Estates Plans. NHS Property Services has provided strategic estates support to the  CCG to enable delivery of  the IMPRoVE (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) programme, which aims to provide care closer to home and improve choice and involvement for patients in their treatment.

Karina Dare, Strategic Estates Planner for NHS Property Services, said: “The benefits that these changes and developments will bring to the South Tees community are already proving to be invaluable, with improved accommodation and services being delivered from estate which is fit for purpose – improving the quality of the care environment and utilising void spaces, leading to savings of £1.9m.”

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 some additional ones.

South Tees CCG plans to redevelop the hospital’s Chaloner Building (the former maternity unit opposite the main building) but is also exploring the possibility of building a new health centre on the main hospital site if national funding can be secured.

“A decision on whether we can proceed with this will be made in August, at which stage we will further engage with the public to seek their views,” said Julie Stevens, commissioning and delivery manager for South Tees CCG.

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.

From 1 April 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.”

For more details on the IMProVE project visit www.southteesccg.nhs.uk/improve or for the latest updates on Guisborough Hospital services visit southtees.nhs.uk/hospitals/guisborough/