UPDATE – Community Care Services in Craven – 31 May 2018

UPDATE – 31 May 2018

Castleberg Hospital To Re-open

By NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG Communications Team

Following a three-month consultation in which more than 1600 people shared their views, the governing body of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has decided to re-open Castleberg Hospital in Giggleswick, once essential repairs have been completed.  The recommendation also included the need to build on the existing community-based services available in Craven to see Castleberg becoming a community-based facility with options for a broader range of support services, including those provided by the voluntary sector.

The governing body acknowledged the value of the feedback provided by the local community and thanked those who had shared their views as part of the public consultation. Anyone interested in taking part in work to develop services for Craven is invited to join the Craven Community Group where their views and opinions will help to shape local care for the future.

The Craven Community Group is a cross-system group that brings together members of the general public, along with teams from the wider health and social care system, to discuss health and care provision in Craven. Members include the local authority, NHS organisations, the emergency services, local neighbourhood groups and voluntary and community sector organisations (VCS), such as local charities and community groups.  The redesign of community care services in Craven and the use of Castleberg Hospital will form one of many areas the group will discuss as they continue to look for smarter ways of working to ensure local people receive the right care, at the right time, first time.

Dr James Thomas, GP and clinical chair at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG said:

‘This is an exciting opportunity to work together to see services evolve from what has gone before, moving towards a more holistic approach that will care for both the physical and mental wellbeing of the local community.

‘The future model of care that will be provided throughout Craven will aim to integrate services closer to patients’ homes and will include Castleberg Hospital acting as a community-based facility, with the option to provide a broader range of  support services.

‘We want to encourage people to get involved in the future development of Castleberg Hospital to ensure that it actively contributes to their health and wellbeing. We look forward to working together to ensure it includes services which complement those already provided and offers a solution fit for the future. ‘

To find out more about joining the Craven Community Group, please email engage@awcccg.nhs.uk or call 01274 256072.