A scheme that provides patients with two weeks of 24 hour nursing care is being rolled out in Heanor by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The move is part of the CCG’s commitment to bringing local services back to Heanor, following the closure of the local Hospital.
The pilot scheme, which has been running successfully in Derby, will deliver hospice like care in a community environment at Ashfields Care Home. This is the first time that such a service has been available in Heanor.
Two beds are now available at Ashfields Care Home for patients who will benefit from safe and secure 24 hour care for up to two weeks in a calm and peaceful setting. During this time there will be an opportunity to review the patient’s symptom control, social support and future care preferences.
The Enhanced Nursing Home Beds for Palliative Care (formerly called the virtual hospice) scheme will ensure that there is an increased level of care and that unnecessary, distressing hospital admissions are avoided for patients nearing the end of their lives. The service is also there to support carers and provide them with a period of rest and recuperation.
Ashfields Care Home has been chosen to host the beds on the basis of a proven track record of high quality care. A team of three specialist end of life care nurses will provide additional support to the Nursing Home staff where necessary to care for the patients.
Andy Layzell, Chief Officer of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“We are delighted to be introducing this scheme that will allow people in Heanor and surrounding areas to be cared for in the community and closer to home. This is a strong demonstration of our commitment to the people of Heanor and our pledge to bring local services back to the town.”
Following the discovery of asbestos in Heanor Hospital, the CCG has promised that health services would be provided locally in Heanor and that, if the hospital has to be demolished, that there would be another NHS building in its place.
The CCG has now put the full proposal on the future of health services in Heanor out for local views and is urging everyone to have their say. For more information and to read the consultation document visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk or call 01332 868 677.