Good news for Halesworth Health – January 2015


Local charity Halesworth Health is extremely pleased to confirm that the process to select a suitable care provider to work in partnership with us has been completed. Our chosen partner is Castlemeadow Care. They have drawn up impressive plans to build and run a new facility on land adjacent to the current Patrick Stead/Cutlers Hill site.

These plans reflect the Halesworth Health vision of maintaining and improving local health care services. Halesworth Health and Castlemeadow are now joining discussions with the Campus charity and sport and housing developers to take projects for the whole local area forward.

The other very good news is that the inpatient beds at Patrick Stead Hospital will be opening again in March. The beds have been closed since November due to staff shortages. East Coast Community Healthcare, who run the services, have recruited more nurses and are now confident about re-opening the much needed 14 beds from March 2nd 2015. However, the recent closure has demonstrated just why Patrick Stead is so valuable to us all.

Our hospital is at risk in the longer term because its Victorian buildings are expensive to maintain and difficult to adapt to modern expectations. We have seen with concern that there is no plan in the NHS budget for the Halesworth area to upgrade or replace Patrick Stead. This is why Halesworth Health has been working for the last four years to develop innovative and affordable alternatives.

The new centre that Castlemeadow propose would include flexible-use community beds for a range of long term care and support, including nursing care, care for patients with dementia and for those in need of respite or palliative care. Crucially, this centre would also incorporate the equivalent of the current Patrick Stead Hospital inpatient beds, which would still be funded by the NHS.

Just as now, patients who do not need to be in a District General Hospital, but who cannot be looked after at home, would be cared for locally by their own GP. Friends and family will not be forced to make the 60-mile return journey to the nearest District Hospital to see them. The new proposals also envision that the existing Patrick Stead outpatient services and the day care for blood or drug infusion will continue.

More information – ‘Halesworth Rising’

Halesworth Health, Halesworth Campus, Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund and the Halesworth Carers Fund will all be part of “Halesworth Rising,” an event to be held, at the Rifle Hall, on 21st March. This will give information about these, and other new projects coming to Halesworth. Look out for more information in the next months.