Beds to be re-opened at Cheadle Hospital - but it's only temporary

BEDS are to be made available at Cheadle Hospital to accommodate patients from the Haywood Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

However, it is only a temporary measure to allow maintenance to be carried out on wards at the Stoke-on-Trent hospital.

Marcus Warnes, accountable officer for NHS North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Groups (CCGs) said: "For the avoidance of any doubt, this is a temporary measure and the beds at Cheadle Hospital are not re-opening."

"Cheadle Hospital is empty and was made ready as escalation capacity if needed to care for patients with Covid-19, so is best placed to care for patients until the work at the Haywood is complete".

A final decision was made by in January by the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to permanently close beds at Cheadle, Bradwell, Longton and Leek community hospitals, despite strong opposition voiced by the public.

The decision saw the total number of recovery beds in North Staffordshire slashed from 264 to 132.

Mr Warnes added: "The CCGs will continue to implement the outcomes of consultation on the future of community services in northern Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent governing bodies in January."

The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) says work will be carried out on the Haywood wards between August and October.

Previously patients have been transferred to Bradwell Hospital while maintenance work has been undertaken at the Haywood.

However, Bradwell is still accommodating recovering Covid-19 patients from the Royal Stoke Hospital not yet ready to return home.

An MPFT spokesperson said: "On balance, we have decided to use Cheadle Hospital. This is because the site is not as busy as Bradwell, which will help us to comply with arrangements to protect against the spread of Covid-19.

"The layout of the ward also makes it easier for us to keep patients that will be transferring this time safe.

"We will keep Bradwell in reserve if it is needed for a Covid19 surge as we approach winter".

During the transfer of patients, which is expected to take place from August 26, 100 staff will move to Cheadle.

The walk-in centre for patients at the Haywood will continue to function as normal.


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