Hospital review delayed again

WORKSOP. Bassetlaw Hospital, Blyth Road.'Updated picture of the hospital.
WORKSOP. Bassetlaw Hospital, Blyth Road.'Updated picture of the hospital.

A CONSULTATION into the future of some services at Bassetlaw Hospital has been delayed.

A period of public consultation into the Clinical Services Review was set to start on 4th January by NHS Bassetlaw and Doncaster.

But last week the PCT Trust board agreed to postpone it until 25th May.

The review was originally meant to begin in November but was delayed for hospital bosses to get further information.

This new delay is to allow more engagement with the community after many raised fears about the possible changes to services.

“The reason this is being done is that the PCT both here and in Doncaster want to demonstrate that we have listened to concerns expressed,” Phil Mettam, executive director for strategy and delivery told the PCT Trust board at a meeting.

“These concerns have been for further involvement with a wider group of clinicians in formulating proposals and wider involvement of members of the public in the options that can be presented to the public in the consultation exercise.”

A&E, maternity and children’s services are all currently under review.

Chief executive Felicity Cox said they had already held 15 meetings with members of the public and clinicians.

She said they saw parts, such as putting additional clinical staff in A&E, as “significant improvements”, but raised concerns at other changes.

There was greater anxiety in Bassetlaw than there was in Doncaster to the changes, added Miss Cox.

The 90-day consultation will now finish on 23rd August. Responses from it will be analysed to form conclusions and recommendations that will be discussed in the autumn.

Meanwhile stroke patients are now being sent to the specialist stroke unit at DRI. In the first 10 days since the changes, which were introduced on 6th December, three people were sent to Doncaster.

“For the first time patients in Bassetlaw will be receiving care that meets national standards,” said Mr Mettam.