HEALTH chiefs have revealed that a community hospital will close.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed to the Mail that Ashby and District hospital will be axed and health services instead delivered in the community and in people’s homes.
The decision was made on the back of a public consultation which highlighted that the site, home to 16 rehabilitation, palliative and respite care beds, a therapy facility and a number of clinics, costs £1.8 million a year to run and would need a further £900,000 spent on the building to pay for much-needed repairs.
Rachel Bilsborough, divisional director of community health services at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), said: “Work will begin immediately on developing plans for more modern, co-ordinated health services that will allow a growing number of patients to be treated in their own homes, or to leave hospital earlier.
“A new night assessment service is already being set up to help avoid unnecessary emergency hospital admissions.
“Both ourselves and the CCG would like to reassure people that closure will not take place until the 16 in-patient beds have been phased out and outpatient services and teams have moved to suitable alternative local accommodation.”
Dr Nick Willmott, GP and clinical lead during the consultation for the CCG, said: “It is vital that we always involve patients and the public in the development of local health services, and, on behalf of the CCG and LPT, I would like to thank the people of Ashby for their invaluable input during the consultation.
“We will continue to inform and engage with the community as we start work on the next stage of this process.”
North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said: “People don’t want to go to hospitals, they want care closer to home and the money would be much better spent providing what people want. I want to spend money on health care.”