At the meeting of Defend Our NHS York on the 18th August those present were appalled by the action of the Vale of York CCG and the York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust to declare the future closure of Archways, when there are clearly not enough community staff available to provide the necessary level of cover for those patients who whilst fit enough to leave hospital are not ready to look after themselves at home.
To state that patients will be more mobile at home is a ‘con’, when staying in Archways is hardly about lying about in bed when patients are encourage to mobilise, something they are less likely to do without the constant professional attention the NHS cannot afford to provide them at their homes. If this is also about saving the rent on the building (to who? CoYC?), there also needs to be serious thought about how social care is manged between the Council and the NHS.
The NHS management in York need to think seriously about this.
The last closure in York, of Bootham Park Hospital, caused untold distress to service users, and has still not been resolved satisfactorily.
“Bed blocking” or the less pejorative term “delayed discharging” can be the only result of this action…