'None of the hard work has been wasted': All Hallows Hospital shuts
PUBLISHED: 13:39 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:12 08 May 2019
Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk
The All Hallows Healthcare Trust has announced the hospital will close following a consultation period.
The trust confirmed on Wednesday (May 8) that the hospital in Ditchingham, near Bungay, will shut, with health and care commissioners working on plans to secure the long-term future of the site.
In a statement, All Hallows Healthcare Trust, said: "There remains an organisation interested in taking over the hospital site but no proposal has been received.
"The trustees have therefore decided that the hospital service will close when current patients have been safely transferred to appropriate new care arrangements."
Cath Byford, director of commissioning for Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, said: "Following the trustees' decision to close the All Hallows hospital in Ditchingham, commissioners are now working to secure the long term future of the site.
"We are looking at ways to ensure that the facility can reopen in the near future to offer health and care services for the community. We would like to explore all options and wish to hear from providers who may be interested in providing services. It is essential that the new service model operated from the hospital is viable and will ensure the long term future of the site.
"We will also work with the community and the Community of All Hallows, which owns the building, to help determine the future of the facility. A steering group is being set up to support this process and key people will be asked to attend and provide feedback.
"We will continue to work with All Hallows until the closure of the Trust."
In a post to Facebook, All Hallows, Bungay said: "We were down at the Hospital for the scheduled Trustee meeting. Very poignant, as we all appreciate, even when we know that all that could be done has been done.
"But I think it is important to remember that none - absolutely none - of the hard work in making AH Hospital what it is, has been wasted. Even if we only touched one life, and we touched many more.
"God willing, this can be continued if not by the Trust which has been managing it."
Staff served final redundancy notice
All Hallows Healthcare Trust has announced staff will be served a final redundancy notice, as the hospital closes its doors.
Last month, the nursing home and home care services were saved by Norfolk based companies - NorseCare Ltd and Nightingale Homecare.
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In a statement, All Hallows Healthcare Trust said: "Staff not involved in a potential transfer to a new provider have been served with a final redundancy notice and will leave the trust as it closes."
Plans to transfer the day care and meals on wheel services are yet to be announced, but are "continuing positively".
In a statement, All Hallows Healthcare Trust said: "It is hoped that it will be possible to announce the preferred partner in the near future."
All Hallows provided care across Norfolk and Suffolk and operated out of two bases in Lowestoft, Ditchingham and Bungay as well as the meals on wheels service.
"We aren't done yet": Campaigners fight for hospital
Campaigners for 'Save All Hallows' will continue to fight to have the hospital open as soon as possible.
Lead campaigner Jaime Larter said: "I am very proud of what we have achieved, I am very sad we didn't get the outcome we hoped for but we aren't done yet.
"We are still working hard to have the hospital open again as soon as possible with integrated care.
"I'm hoping to follow on from Bungay Council open letter with our petition to Matt Hancock early next week after a closed meeting with the CCG on Friday," Mrs Larter said.
Mayor of Bungay, Mick Lincoln last week urged health secretary Matt Hancock to help shape the future of All Hallows Hospital.
In his letter, the mayor highlighted the continued loss of health facilities despite the region's aging population, citing a 29pc increase in over-85s in the decade ending 2011.
MP hopes hospital will reopen the hospital as soon as "practically possible"
Peter Aldous has reassured the community he will work with health and care commissioners to reopen the hospital as soon as "practically possible".
Following the announcement of the All Hallows Healthcare Trust closure, Mr Aldous said: "All Hallows Hospital has an important role to play in the provision of health and care services to residents in the Bungay and surrounding area.
"I welcome the commissioners' confirmation that they are committed to securing the long term future of the site and I shall work with them and the local community to ensure that the hospital reopens as soon as practically possible, providing care in a way that both meets the needs of local people and is sustainable in the long term."
At a public meeting in March, the MP said: "There is an ongoing need for this facility to remain open in the area, providing care."