Drop in and share your views
People are being invited to share their views on the future of the Patrick Stead Hospital site and plans to keep essential health services in Halesworth during a drop-in session arranged by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Senior staff from the CCG will be in the Garden Room at the hospital on Monday 26 February between 3pm and 6pm to answer questions and talk about plans for the site.
This includes moving services such as phlebotomy, therapies and diabetic eye screening from Patrick Stead to the Rayner Green Centre, which is also on the hospital site, to ensure they remain easy and convenient for people to access without the need to travel. The Patrick Stead building could then be closed and placed on the market.
The drop-in has been arranged as part of public engagement the CCG is carrying out to help decide the future of the site.
Melanie Craig, chief officer of the CCG, said: “We would encourage as many people as possible to drop-in, ask questions and hear more about our proposals, which will secure important services for Halesworth for the future.
“These proposals come at an exciting time for Halesworth. We have recently invested £1.3m in providing out of hospital services in the area to ensure that patients can receive the right care as close to home as possible, and are also providing beds with care for those who require extra support.
“The next stage is to decide the future of the hospital building itself and enable it to move forward to the next stage of its life.”
People who are unable to come to the drop-in event can share their views on the proposals until 10am on Monday 5 March by completing an online survey – available at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/rayner_green/ – or filling in a paper copy available in Halesworth library.
The CCG is expected to make a decision about the site during its public meeting on 22 March.
published on 14/02/2018