Home care over hospital?

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There are no plans to close Biggleswade Hospital but care at home is now the priority.

That was the message from SEPT and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) representatives at a Central Beds Council meeting on Monday (October 22).

Richard Winters, director of integrated services – Bedfordshire and Luton at hospital care provider SEPT and Diane Gray from the BCCG were grilled by members of the council’s social care, health and housing overview and scrutiny committee.

Mr Winters confirmed that just six of the hospital’s 29 beds are currently occupied, and that the men’s ward has been closed since December last year.

He also revealed that the hospital costs £1.2 million a year to run.

Mrs Gray and Mr Winters said the hospital will remain open but they are waiting for the results of the Community Bed Review which is currently being carried out into health services in Bedfordshire.

For the full story see the Biggleswade Chronicle of Friday, October 26, 2012.