MP pleased beds will stay in north Suffolk after care home relocation

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter addresses the Hartismere Hospital League of Friends in February 2015. ANL-151117-140222001

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter addresses the Hartismere Hospital League of Friends in February 2015. ANL-151117-140222001

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Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter says he has received assurances from Suffolk Health bosses that ten existing community care beds will remain in north Suffolk after the relocation of an Eye care home.

Dr Poulter said Dr Mark Shenton, Chair of the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, had reassured him the intermediate care beds from the Paddock House Care Home will be transferred to the new Hartismere Place facility, run by Care UK, in Castleton Way.

I am very pleased to have received written confirmation from the CCG that the beds are here to stay and I am very grateful for the support of Dr Mark Shenton in helping to ensure that the beds which also provide respite care for cancer patients, and their carers will remain in Eye

Dr Dan Poulter

The beds will continue to be commissioned by Suffolk Community Healthcare.

The Hartismere Hospital League of Friends group raised concerns with the north Suffolk MP after the contract for the transfer of the care beds had not been signed a week before the move to Hartismere Place.

“These intermediate care beds provide essential close to home care for older and vulnerable members of the community and it is very important that they remain available for residents in our rural communities,” said Dr Poulter.

“I am very pleased to have received written confirmation from the CCG that the beds are here to stay and I am very grateful for the support of Dr Mark Shenton in helping to ensure that the beds which also provide respite care for cancer patients, and their carers will remain in Eye.

“I shall continue to work to support the Hartismere League of Friends in ensuring high quality healthcare services are available for the benefit of patients in the Hartismere Hospital site. This assurance from Dr Shenton is a welcome step in the right direction in protecting our healthcare services in North Suffolk.”