Due to the concerns raised by the local community about the possible further closure of Community Hospital beds, has been surveying the wider public and has now published an extensive report on the issue.
Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent provided an independent Chair for two of the five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) engagement events in relation to Community Hospital beds. However, due to significant local concern raised by patients and the public, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent decided to offer the community an additional opportunity to provide their feedback.
More than 100 comments were received. Whilst many supported the concept of moving care closer to home, there were a number of concerns, some based upon personal experience of care and support in the home. The report finds that respondents would benefit from further reassurance about proposed changes. These concerns have been bought to the attention of the CCGs and their response to specific questions are detailed in the report.
Simmy Akhtar, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent, explained: “Late last year we received contact from numerous members of our community who raised their concerns about the effect of the possible closure of Community Hospital beds and some wished to feedback their thoughts to Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent. Due to this level of concern we set up an on-line survey and received responses from 27 October 2016 to 13 December 2016.
We asked the CCGs to provide responses to the concerns raised and are pleased that they have done so. Their full response to all 18 questions is detailed in our report.
We have requested that the findings are considered by the CCGs when they make a decision about the long-term future of the Community Hospital Beds. We also look forward to seeing their findings from the five engagement events that they have held.”
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