No plans for Bradwell beds this winter

Contrary to recent speculation about the potential re-opening of the rehabilitation beds in Bradwell Community Hospital, the CCGs would like to be clear that there has been no agreement to re-open the beds this winter made between UHNM and the CCG.

Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for the Staffordshire CCGs said: “Following the recent media speculation that the beds at Bradwell Hospital are to re-open, the CCGs would like to be clear that there have been no discussions between UHNM and the CCGs, and the CCGs have no plans for the beds to re-open this winter as reported.

“We have clearly set out the clinical evidence which says that in many cases a long, unnecessary stay in a community bed is not the best outcome for patients leaving an acute hospital bed. To deal with pending winter pressures, additional home based capacity has been commissioned along with additional nursing care beds at Brighton House in Newcastle-under-Lyme and at Jackfield Ward in Haywood Hospital.

“The 45 beds will open at the end of December. In total there will be 220 community beds in the system over winter for people that need them. The CCGs are concerned that speculation regarding Bradwell Hospital is taking place whilst we are gathering public opinion about the future of all five community hospitals and that people have the correct information about their local health and care services.”

Neil Carr, Chief Executive of SSOTP added “We are working with partners during the winter period to support additional demand on health services. We are currently proactively recruiting to vacancies in the new nursing facility at Brighton House and Jackfield Ward. The Partnership Trust is committed to supporting these community based services and will continue to work with the CCG to ensure patients receive the right services in the right place which is not a community hospital.”