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Public engagement begins

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has today (5 February) begun a four-week public engagement exercise into the future of the Patrick Stead Hospital site in Halesworth.

The CCG made the decision to develop new out of hospital services to provide care in patients’ own homes following its Shape of the System public consultation in 2015. It has since committed £1.3m annually to fund a South Waveney out of hospital team, beds with care and a minor injuries service, with the new services starting from January 2018.

The CCG will now consider the future of the site at its public meeting on 22 March. The 2015 public consultation results confirmed that once new services were set up, there would no longer be a need for beds at the Patrick Stead site and that the CCG would be able to formally close the hospital. In line with this, the decision could be made in March to put the hospital building and most of the surrounding land up for sale.

During the next four weeks, the CCG will ask for people’s views on the future of the site, as well as the additional following proposals which would make the sale possible:

• Relocating phlebotomy, therapies and services such as diabetic eye screening to the Rayner Green Centre building.

• Exploring options for the services currently provided at the Rayner Green Centre.

• The Rayner Green Day Care Centre will no longer be funded by health. Alternatives for providing wellbeing, care and support will be discussed on an individual basis with each customer and provided through social care eligibility criteria where appropriate.

People can share their views via an online survey or by completing a paper copy available in Halesworth library, while meetings with local groups will also be arranged. The results of the engagement exercise will be used to shape a business case for the future of the site, including the hospital building, which will be considered by the CCG’s governing body on 22 March.

Melanie Craig, chief officer of the CCG, said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw following our Shape of the System consultation in 2015, which underlined our commitment to providing as much care as close to people’s homes as possible.

“We will be working very closely with our colleagues in Suffolk County Council and East Coast Community Healthcare throughout this process. Individual meetings will be held with people who currently use the Rayner Green Centre to discuss their options for care in the future. The staff who work in the Rayner Green Centre have also been spoken to and both staff and service users will be fully included in the engagement exercise.

“Our out of hospital teams and beds with care have been running very successfully across the CCG area for some time, and we are really pleased that they are now also benefitting patients in South Waveney. The next step is to make a final decision about the future of the Patrick Stead site.

“It’s important to stress that services such as therapies, phlebotomy and minor injuries will continue to be provided on the Patrick Stead campus.”

To fill in the online survey, please visit

For more information about the Shape of the System consultation, visit this page

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Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG