Healthcare IS a priority, Christchurch residents told

Bournemouth Echo: PRIORITY: Cllr Ray Nottage is in talks with Christchurch hospital planners PRIORITY: Cllr Ray Nottage is in talks with Christchurch hospital planners

CHRISTCHURCH residents concerned about the future of healthcare services at the hospital, have been reassured they are still a “priority”.

The leader of Christchurch council, Cllr Ray Nottage said the council is working with hospital chiefs to find a “suitable blueprint” for the site.

Councillors on the planning committee at Christchurch turned down £10million plans to transform Christchurch Hospital site into a healthcare hub.

Bournemouth Echo:

Plans included the demolition of the historic H Block and G Block – former workhouse infirmaries – as well as proposals to build an 80-bed car home, 36 senior living apartments and 81 keyworker flats.

The scheme was rejected by members concerned about the bulk and mass of the new buildings as well as the loss of heritage from H Block and G Block.

But after going back to the drawing board, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust say they have reduced the number of key worker homes by three and created more space around neighbouring properties.

They have also changed the design of the buildings replacing H Block at the front of the site.

Cllr Nottage, said: “We have received a fair amount of criticism following our decision, but this is an important site in a conservation area and we want to make sure that buildings of architectural merit are constructed here.

“The last thing we want to happen is for the hospital trust to withdraw any services from Christchurch as we understand how important it is for our residents to access services here without having to travel to Bournemouth or Poole.

“We are confident that we can find a way forward that will suit the hospital trust in its ambitions without compromising the conservation area or the desires of our residents.”

The Trust says the revised plan is a final bid to ensure the retention of services including the Macmillan Unit, bloods unit, X-ray and imaging department as well as outpatients.

Funding for the GP surgery on the site could be lost after March if the plans are not approved.

Report confirms failings of NHS Trust

IT HAS been described as one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS.

Hundreds of patients died because of “appalling” failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, a public report confirmed yesterday.

Bournemouth Echo:

Inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC, pictured above, called for a “zero tolerance” approach to poor standards of healthcare and made a total of 290 sweeping recommendations.

Now health leaders have pledged a review of the proposals.

Director of Nursing, Paula Shobbrook, said: “Quality of care and patient safety is our number one priority at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We are committed to putting patients first, delivering care with compassion; and providing dignity and respect for our patients.

“We are proud of the services we provide and of our staff. The public can be reassured that they have excellent local hospitals. We are not complacent, however, and the Board will continue to listen to our patients and staff to ensure the best outcomes and personal experience.”

Martin Smits, director of nursing and patient services at Poole said: “The Francis report is an important and detailed piece of work, and we will be reviewing it fully.”

Chief officer of Age UK Bournemouth, David Leighton, welcomed the concept of specialist nurses for the elderly but added: “It will only be effective if they are given the authority to implement change otherwise they could be given a poisoned chalice.”

Cllr Charles Meachin, chairman of the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Poole said: “We are very fortunate in Poole to have such high standards of health provision. But it is important not to become complacent.”

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11:32am Thu 7 Feb 13

twynham says...

"proposals to build an 80-bed car home"
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A tad extravagant!
"proposals to build an 80-bed car home" . A tad extravagant! twynham

11:55am Thu 7 Feb 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

'Healthcare IS a priority'. Not THE priority though.
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Architectural merit? The old building looks like a prison.
'Healthcare IS a priority'. Not THE priority though. . Architectural merit? The old building looks like a prison. HRH of Boscombe

1:14pm Thu 7 Feb 13

skydriver says...

With this Christchurch leader in-charge this debate will be going on for a very long time, have you know this council be quick about anything, there will be very many meetings before this gets any form of light, green or otherwise.
With this Christchurch leader in-charge this debate will be going on for a very long time, have you know this council be quick about anything, there will be very many meetings before this gets any form of light, green or otherwise. skydriver

1:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

coster says...

Back to the old obfuscation scheme, keep whittering until they give up!.
Back to the old obfuscation scheme, keep whittering until they give up!. coster

1:42pm Thu 7 Feb 13

woby_tide says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
'Healthcare IS a priority'. Not THE priority though.
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Architectural merit? The old building looks like a prison.
I know, I too can't believe they didn't spend more time building Victorian Workhouse Infirmaries to look more like BUPA hospitals. What were they thinking.....
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: 'Healthcare IS a priority'. Not THE priority though. . Architectural merit? The old building looks like a prison.[/p][/quote]I know, I too can't believe they didn't spend more time building Victorian Workhouse Infirmaries to look more like BUPA hospitals. What were they thinking..... woby_tide

2:49pm Thu 7 Feb 13

ajj-dorset says...

Why should anyone put up with the kind of blackmail we see from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust?

This is property development nothing more, nothing less, The cover of Medical services being retained, by building a private care home, surgery and pharmacy shouldn't be lost on anyone with any sense.

Looks very much like the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust want to dump the Christchurch bit, just be Bournemouth hospital and sell the X chrurch site to the highest bidder.

Fair play to the council for not folding in and allowing this preposterous scheme, lets hope you have the guts to keep on holding out, there are other options available for the site, call their bluff?
Why should anyone put up with the kind of blackmail we see from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust? This is property development nothing more, nothing less, The cover of Medical services being retained, by building a private care home, surgery and pharmacy shouldn't be lost on anyone with any sense. Looks very much like the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust want to dump the Christchurch bit, just be Bournemouth hospital and sell the X chrurch site to the highest bidder. Fair play to the council for not folding in and allowing this preposterous scheme, lets hope you have the guts to keep on holding out, there are other options available for the site, call their bluff? ajj-dorset

3:57pm Thu 7 Feb 13

mytown1 says...

Could not agree more with ajj_dorset. I think it lays out the plans for Christchurch Hospital pretty well. Who is going to afford to go into the 80 bed private nursing home. This is not an NHS nursing home. The houses are private development(s). If Roeshot Hill expands by the 2,000+ homes how can Bournemouth Hospital manage the extra medical care/facilities required for such a development. If they sell off Christchurch Hospital grounds now for a G.P. surgery (everything else we already have there) and Bournemouth Hospital is already developed to the max how many years before they have to go out and purchase land to facilitate the expansion they will need (at full market price) when they have all this land in reserve. Madness to the extreme. Remember Gordon Brown selling of "our gold reserves"! No trying to scare us into submission will not work!
Could not agree more with ajj_dorset. I think it lays out the plans for Christchurch Hospital pretty well. Who is going to afford to go into the 80 bed private nursing home. This is not an NHS nursing home. The houses are private development(s). If Roeshot Hill expands by the 2,000+ homes how can Bournemouth Hospital manage the extra medical care/facilities required for such a development. If they sell off Christchurch Hospital grounds now for a G.P. surgery (everything else we already have there) and Bournemouth Hospital is already developed to the max how many years before they have to go out and purchase land to facilitate the expansion they will need (at full market price) when they have all this land in reserve. Madness to the extreme. Remember Gordon Brown selling of "our gold reserves"! No trying to scare us into submission will not work! mytown1

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