Health chiefs reveal hospital cuts D-day

Health chiefs have revealed they will decide the fate of Norfolk's community hospitals at a special meeting on July 24.

Health chiefs have revealed they will decide the fate of Norfolk's community hospitals at a special meeting on July 24.

The future of nine hospitals and more than 40 community beds hangs in the balance as Norfolk Primary Care Trust decides what changes it will make to intermediate care.

It proposes closing some hospitals, cutting beds and establishing a specialist stroke unit at Dereham Hospital as it seeks to move more care back into the community.

Over the past three months a series of meetings have been held to discuss plans for hospitals at affected locations such as Swaffham, Cromer, Aylsham, Wymondham. Fakenham, Norwich and Dereham.


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There have been protests and petitions - and the EDP's Save our Beds campaign - and the PCT has pledged to take on board all views.

A final document is being produced and will be presented at a special board meeting of the PCT at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich from 10am to 12 noon on July 24 but the trust says the document will be in the public domain a few days ahead of the meeting

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The trust says that following eight months of public involvement and consultation with the public, community groups, staff, clinicians and other stakeholders, the board will receive the key themes, issues and suggestions together with proposals for what might happen to community-based intermediate care and the nine community hospitals.

PCT spokeswoman Trish Turner said: “Hundreds of emails, letters, MP letters on behalf of constituents, questionnaires and petitions have been received. From this, there will be two reports. The first will contain everything that has been said so that all the responses are in one place and people can see and understand what has been said.”

Due to the size of the document, it will only be available via the public website: www.norfolk-pct.nhs.uk.

The second report will be the analysis of the responses, both in terms of quantitative data such as the number of questionnaires returned, number of people who have signed a petition and qualitative data.

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