Halesworth Health to work in new partnership (April 2012)

Halesworth Health has announced that it will be working closely with East Coast Community Healthcare CIC, which provides all our community health services, to safeguard and develop services for the people of Halesworth and surrounding villages.

East Coast Community Healthcare CIC provides a range of NHS community health services to around 230,000 people living in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. These services include the community in-patient facilities, outpatient clinics and physiotherapy sessions at The Patrick Stead Hospital and day care services at the Rayner Green Day Care and Resource Centre. They provide district nursing, specialist nursing and palliative care, as well as health visitor services and health protection advice.

They have joined together with Halesworth Health to look at ways to ensure that local services continue to be provided at and close to home, wherever possible avoiding the need for referral to a District General Hospital which would usually be some 30 miles away. This means developing plans for future provision of inpatient beds in a new, modern unit in Halesworth, designed for those needing round-the-clock care for chronic illness or at the end of their lives. With an increasingly elderly population, health services will need to be flexible to respond to their needs and so day care, respite care and management of long-term conditions will be included in the proposals.

Halesworth Health is also working with the Campus Project Group to link health and care with housing, sports and other wellbeing services planned for Halesworth on adjacent land.

Healthcare in Halesworth is already special because the teams based at Cutlers Hill Surgery and the Patrick Stead Hospital work closely together and with the community – volunteers also support the League of Friends of Patrick Stead Hospital, Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund and the Community First Responders.

By working with East Coast Community Healthcare, Halesworth Health aims to keep services on the Cutlers Hill/Patrick Stead site and to build on the successful range of high quality care that is available to local people, at and close to home.