Community Hospital Opinions
Community Hospitals tend to be used to provide intermediate and rehabilitation service beds for people when they have received all the treatment they can at the main acute hospital, in our case the Royal Stoke. Locally, Community Hospitals include Bradwell, Haywood, Cheadle and Leek.
In the future, it may be the case that there will be less reliance upon these community beds, indeed some may close and you may have seen articles about this issue in your local paper or heard a discussion on the radio. As an alternative to community beds, it is proposed that people will be helped to remain in their own homes or use alternative arrangements such as nursing homes.
Simmy Akhtar, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent said: “We are really keen to ensure that the public voice is heard and would urge people to either complete our survey or contact us by email or telephone with their thoughts so that we are able to feed this back to local commissioners who make decisions such as this, within their timescales. It is imperative that commissioners are aware of the specific concerns that people have as the public is well placed to comment on what does and doesn’t work well in health and social care services”.
Healthwatch Stoke is keen to understand what people think about these potential changes. Stories and views received will be shared anonymously with commissioners and decision makers. They will also help to guide the work of Healthwatch Stoke moving forward.
Survey Link: bit.ly/sthosps
Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent Tel: 01782 683080