HOSPITAL: Tell us of your experiences

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On October 17, the Save Rothbury Hospital campaign team won a significant battle in the fight to get our community hospital beds re-opened.

Northumberland County Council Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee rejected the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decision to permanently close the ward.

The campaign group had supplied the committee with a huge amount of evidence that the consultation process had been faulty and that closing the beds is not in the best health interests of the people of Northumberland.

The county council’s legal team now sends evidence and its decision to Jeremy Hunt.

We understand that it will then be passed to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), which will decide whether to have a full review or not. We may have quite a wait to hear its decision.

Of course, the campaign team is confident and hopeful that the IRP will agree that the scrutiny committee was not consulted and that the people of Coquetdale deserve and need the beds.

We are hoping for a full review of the case.

We believe that Rothbury Hospital, with the right management, could be an absolute beacon of a caring and modern NHS.

We want to get the ‘homeward bound’ beds re-opened, as well as end-of-life care being available to all again.

The elderly, frail and vulnerable of Coquetdale deserve no less. Young families and all of the people need this resource too.

With all sorts of clinics, plus the GPs, nurse stations and paramedics, it could be amazing.

It’s been over a year since the beds were closed and the CCG insists that ‘no adverse effects’ have been felt by anyone. By ‘adverse effects’ it means that it has looked retrospectively for evidence of any problems being flagged up.

If you or a loved one, or a neighbour or friend, has suffered any adverse effect of the closure, please do get in touch with me. This could be to do with travel or care.

If you feel you could have been treated at Rothbury Hospital, do please tell me.

Katie Scott,

Co-ordinator, Save Rothbury Community Hospital Campaign