Cranmer House Care Home in Fakenham ‘is not set to close’ - say campaigners

Cranmer House, in Fakenham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Cranmer House, in Fakenham. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Campaigners fighting to save a highly-valued Fakenham care home have dismissed concerns the unit is set to close.

The Friends of Cranmer House have been campaigning to keep open Cranmer House on Norwich Road amid threats to cut healthcare beds at the unit.

Rumours have been circulating in recent days that Cranmer House could be set to close.

Gilly Foortse, chairman of the Friends of Cranmer House, said: 'The Friends of Cranmer House would like to allay fears that Cranmer House is to close. 'This is in fact not the case. There are to be changes but the issue is essentially about who is to commission (fund) the beds on the ground floor of Cranmer House.

'In the past these have been jointly commissioned by North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (NNCCG) and West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WNCCG).

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'The plan is that in the future WNCCG alone will commission all the beds subject to the approval of its governing body which should take place towards the end of June.

'The beds will continue to be used for patients leaving hospital who still need care while they wait for their care plan to be put in place and are fit enough to go home.

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'The aim is to link in with the nationwide plan to provide more care in the community - helping to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and to shorten the time patients need to spend in hospital.

'A year ago the whole gamut of services provided by our much-loved Cranmer House were under threat and the Friends of Cranmer House thank everyone who worked so hard to prevent this happening.

'This new funding arrangement means that Cranmer House will continue to survive into the future.'

Last week a fashion show was held at the Fakenham Racecourse which raised more than £1,000 for Cranmer House. A quiz night at the Gallow Sports Centre on June 2 will raise more funds.

The Friends' annual general meeting will be at Cranmer House on July 18 at 7pm . All welcome.

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