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Golden Jubilee Year   1967 - 2017


The Whitworth & Clay Cross Hospitals are scheduled to lose their in-patient beds. 

Bolsover & Newholme Hospitals are scheduled to close completely.

NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group and 
NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
met in public on  Monday 24 July 2017 at County Hall, Matlock.

The meeting was to discuss the feedback received during the 21st Century Better Care Closer to Home consultation.

As expected, since staff had been informed a week earlier, their proposals were 'rubber stamped'. 

A recording of the meeting is below:

NHS North Derbyshire 
Clinical Commissioning Group 
NEWS

1.  
An Assessment by NHS England of all English Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) was published on 19th July 2017.
  • NHS North Derbyshire CCG (NDCCG) rated Inadequate
This places our CCG in the bottom 11% of English CCGs.

2. 
The "inadequate" rating is to be discussed at the August 2017 NDCCG Board Meeting.  Additionally:

  • Since  14th August 2017  NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been under special  "Legal Direction" by NHS England
The Chief Accountable Officer of North Derbyshire CCG, advises the NDCCG Board  "... the Governing Body must be in no doubt of the seriousness of the position or requirement to meet the terms of these Directions".

3.
A Risk Register is part of the Board Meeting papers for NDCCG and shows the risk of not achieving a satisfactory outcome for various projects.

  • They believe non-delivery of the 21st Century Better Care Closer To Home project currently carries a risk rated 20/25 ("Extreme")

4. Just a few short weeks after the 'Better Care' decision the four Accountable Officers at all 4 Derbyshire CCGs are to be replaced by a new single Officer.

  • The new Accountable Officer comes from NHS Blackburn and Darwen CCG, which is currently rated as 'Requires Improvement'

 


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Our responses to the proposal to close Oker Ward at The Whitworth Hospital
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The Derbyshire Sustainability and Transformation plan
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AGM Report 2017




At the very well attended 50th Annual General Meeting of Matlock Hospitals League of Friends the President, the Duke of Devonshire, welcomed all members, guests and the speaker Matthew Parris. 

The Duke congratulated the League on its years of commitment and service to the local hospitals and thanked the Sisters of The Presentation Convent for their warm hospitality and looked forward to the provided refreshments.

The Secretary's report for 2016 stated that the year was a very frustrating year for The League with the production of the Public Consultation document by North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group with proposals for the future health care for the elderly, entitled “Better Care Closer to Home”.


The Duke congratulated the League on its years of commitment and service to the local hospitals and thanked the Sisters of The Presentation Convent for their warm hospitality and looked forward to the provided refreshments.

The Secretary's report for 2016 stated that the year was a very frustrating year for The League with the production of the Public Consultation document by North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group with proposals for the future health care for the elderly, entitled “Better Care Closer to Home”.

The proposal was to close 84 Community Hospital beds including all at Whitworth Hospital and replace them by 24 rehabilitation beds at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.  The original information leaflet to all households was lost amongst other advertising circulars, so The League started a campaign to inform the local community of the impending  "disaster".  Copies were given out at the Park Head, at local events and kept at Robert Young’s Florist shop.  Committee members spoke to Councils, Forums and Organisations giving details and asking everyone to reply to the Consultation.

The League protested at CCG open meetings and to the CCG Boards themselves.  A Protest March with a “bed tow” along the A6 from the Town Centre to Whitworth Hospital was attended by hundreds of supporters and a petition of over 8,000 signatures handed to CCG officers.  The story was reported on by Peak FM, Radio Derby, East Midlands Today and the local press.  The campaign was noticed by the National Association of Community Hospitals who praised the use of Social Media and invited the Secretary to speak at their next AGM.

Having made major mistakes in figures concerning Oker Ward, discovered by a League committee member, the CCG had to offer an apology and print an amendment to their proposals.  The reply section was cleverly designed to negate previous objections, but those who replied insisted that it increased their determination for Oker Ward to be retained.

Consultation replies were analysed by an independent academic, Dr Steven Wilkinson, who stated that out of 27 consultations he had been involved with, this had by far the most responses.  His impartial summary will be considered by the CCG who will make their own decision about the implementation of their proposals.  The result of everybody's hard work to save Oker Ward is still awaited.  

The Secretary reviewed other support for Whitworth Hospital and Orchard Cottage throughout the year.  Oker Ward was provided with 2 Integrated Bed Systems for High Dependency Patients and End of Life Care at a cost of £10,200 each.  Physiotherapy received a Skeleton, 2 Wobble Boards, Laptop Trolleys, Texts on Muscular Skeletal Examination, Wall Display Cases and a Hearing Loop System at Reception.  

The Podiatry Clinic was given an Examination/Treatment Couch, Bariatric Chair, Dopplers and a Foot Switch.  Dressing Units were provided and Foot Files given to all patients at the clinic.  Orchard Cottage had a TV/DVD player and finance to cover visits to Matlock Farm Park, The Cinema, Trentham Gardens and 1-year tickets for Peak Rail.

The Secretary concluded by thanking the catering staff at Whitworth Hospital who insisted on cooking Christmas lunch for League members and this was gratefully accepted.  It was much appreciated and enjoyed by all.

The Treasurer announced a very healthy balance and thanked Mr Richard Tarbatt for auditing the accounts.

Mike Perry, area Chairman of the National League Association, Attend, presented the League with a Certificate in recognition of 50 years of service to the local community.  The Duke introduced Matthew Parris who had attended the League's previous celebrations of 21 and 30 years.  He spoke of being prone to accidents and his warm regard for Whitworth Hospital where he had received many treatments in the Minor Injuries Unit and also visited patients in Oker Ward.

The Duke thanked Matthew for a most interesting and amusing talk and with the Duchess then cut a beautifully decorated 50th Anniversary Cake.

The League restated their support for Whitworth Hospital and Orchard Cottage and that they were looking forward to the next 50 years.


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