Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Hospice to stay until new care beds found

Hospice to stay until new care beds found

THE Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed will not close until all the care beds are available at a new location.

The charity is to sell Joyce Grove in order to expand and care for more people in South Oxfordshire at home.

Its “hospice at home” service began in April and incorporates the existing specialist nurses to provide planned and rapid response care to patients in the community 24 hours a day.

A Sue Ryder team also helps deliver a single point of access care service for end-of-life patients in conjunction with the 111 urgent care service.

These services have been running from the hospice as a pilot scheme and the charity will be seeking to move the 12 in-patient beds to other locations and then sell the listed building and 27 acres of grounds.

Holly Spiers, Sue Ryder’s executive director of hospices and fund-raising, said the decision to move to a “community hub” was taken as demand for inpatient beds had decreased and more people wanted to be cared for at home. The charity says no deal has yet been agreed and the hospice will remain open until the beds have been provided elsewhere.

A spokeswoman said: “We are undertaking a considered scoping exercise to enable us to source the most appropriate location for the South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.

“So as to ensure that there will be no gap in service for our patients, we will not be moving out of Nettlebed until we have sourced our new location and the new inpatient beds are fully operational.”

New of the closure sparked concern among people who attend the day clinics at Joyce Grove for advice and therapies.

Many have made plans to die at the hospice and were worried that these would be disrupted.

In 2014 the hospice was due to move into a purpose-built, 12-bed facility at the new Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley but the charity pulled out before construction had begun, saying it would have needed another property for its other services and outpatients. The space is still vacant.

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