Clevedon hospital works to start this month
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:24 05 October 2016
Clevedon Community Hospital will have fewer beds when it reopens next year following a £417,000 refurbishment project – but hospital chiefs say patient care is their ‘top priority’ and that will not be hindered by the change.
The Old Street facility’s inpatients ward has been closed since March to allow NHS Property Services to carry out improvements to the building following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which raised safety concerns over flooring as well as dampness and a leaking roof.
Following a number of assessments, work to replace the flooring, re-decorate the ward and improve fire safety is finally due to start on October 24.
The project is likely to be completed in early 2017 when the number of beds will drop from 17 to 11 to comply with Government safety regulations.
A North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spokesman said: “In order to meet Department of Health guidance we have been advised we will be unable to reopen the facility with the same number of beds as were previously provided.
“We are now in the process of reviewing the implications of this, and all options available, to ensure that when we reopen the facility it provides the best possible clinical solution for the population of North Somerset.
“Patient safety, care and well-being is our top priority.
“We are fully committed to engaging with local people and acknowledge the strong support for the facility.”
Hospital staff are confident the reduction in the number of beds will not have a negative impact on the number of patients that can be treated at any time, with the Discharge to Assess scheme playing a larger role in community healthcare.
A total of 237 Clevedon hospital patients have been assessed and treated in their own homes through the programme since April and healthcare bosses are confident it will continue to benefit patients’ recovery.
Jacqui Chidgey-Clark, director of nursing and quality at North Somerset CCG, said: “It (Discharge to Assess) has seen a real benefit in terms of helping people in their own homes.
“We have also purchased some additional beds in nursing homes.
“It is going to be a mix of models that we have in mind at the moment – it is all about making sure we get the right care in the right place for the right patient.”
Judith Brown, chief executive of the North Somerset Community Partnership, believes health services offered from Clevedon will be improved as a result.
She added: “Over time the focus of care has become more on re-enablement and more recently this has come to fruition.
“This is a real positive and we are really delighted that work is going ahead to improve services.”
The hospital’s minor injury unit, physiotherapy, diagnostics, out of hours and out-patient clinics will continue to run as normal throughout the closure.
The facility will also be renamed North Somerset Community Hospital when it reopens.