Final Decision on Provision of Healthcare Services in Dorset Expected Very Soon

The DCCG Consultation on the Dorset CCG Clinical Review has been completed and the Review’s recommendations are published in the following document.  It is emphasised that these are recommendations to be determined by the Governing Board on 20 September. 

At this stage it is proposed that the Yeatman Hospital will remain a hub with beds which was the original conclusion of the Review, and the position we rigorously defended with the support of our Friends Membership. I judge it is also appropriate to reflect on the good news that Shaftesbury Hospital will, contrary to the original view, remain as a hub with beds, thus not imposing potential additional pressure on the Yeatman.

We  should now await the final decision of the Governing Body on 20 September.  In the meantime, we should be grateful for the outstanding service which the Yeatman Hospital provides to us as the residents of Sherborne and our surrounding communities, which no doubt has had a major positive influence on the Clinical Review’s decisions.

Yours sincerely,

David G Hayes CBE
Chairman, Friends of Yeatman Hospital


Dear Leagues of Friends Colleagues,

The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body will meet on 20 September to make its decisions about the Clinical Services Review and Mental Health Acute Pathway Review.  These decisions will set the strategic blueprint for health services in Dorset for the next five to ten years.

Today, Wednesday 13 September, the recommendations will be made public when the CCG meeting papers are published.  No decision will be made until the CCG Governing Body meets on 20 September.  However, the recommendations will undoubtedly attract attention in the local media and online once they are published at around 1pm this afternoon.

We are writing to you to share the key recommendations regarding integrated community services so that you have the full picture about the recommendations before the papers are published.

Many Dorset HealthCare senior clinicians have been involved in the development of these proposals and we will continue to be involved as the detail of the plans becomes clear. Staff, the communities we serve, and our partners, will need to be actively involved in the shaping and implementation of the final future arrangements.

Integratede Community Services – recommendations affecting Dorset HealthCare

A community hub with beds would offer with a wide range of facilities including outpatients, diagnostics and an urgent care centre for minor injuries and ailments – alongside ‘step-up’ beds from people’s homes and ‘step-down’ beds from acute hospitals.

A community hub without beds would offer a range of outpatient services, co-location of staff and the potential as a site for a range of other complementary local community resources. Beds could be provided in local care homes.

The recommendation is that the following hospitals will be commissioned as community hubs with beds:

  • Blandford Hospital
  • Bridport Hospital
  • Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne
  • Swanage Hospital
  • Victoria Hospital, Wimborne
  • Weymouth Community Hospital

For Shaftesbury the recommendation is to maintain a community hub with beds in Shaftesbury Hospital whilst working with the local community until a sustainable model for future services based on the health and care needs of this locality is established, possibly at a different site to the existing hospital.

The recommendation for Portland and Wareham is to commission a community hub without beds in each town, possibly at different sites to the existing hospitals.

In Weymouth the recommendation is to commission a community hub with beds at Weymouth Community Hospital.  A further recommendation is to maintain services including beds at Westhaven Hospital until the community hub with beds at Weymouth Hospital is established and staff and services have been appropriately transferred.

In Poole, the recommendation is to commission a community hub with beds on the Major Planned Hospital site.  A further recommendation is to maintain services including beds at Alderney Hospital until alternative services have been established and staff have been appropriately transferred. At which point Alderney Hospital’s community beds will close.  Mental health and dementia services will remain unchanged pending the outcome of the dementia services review.

The recommendation in East Dorset is for St Leonards Hospital to close.

Next Steps

It is important to remember that no decisions have been made and will not be made until Wednesday 20 September


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