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Edenbridge Health Services consultation

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 26/06/2017 17:41:13

Health Services for Edenbridge – results of Public Consultation

A report detailing the results of the public consultation  about the future of the hospital and GP surgery in Edenbridge  earlier this year is now available.. 

The consultation was undertaken jointly by the NHS organisations that provide health services to Edenbridge: NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), KCHFT and Edenbridge Medical Practice. They consulted on a number of options, including the one that they felt was the best for Edenbridge, that is a combined hospital/surgery in a new building on a new site. This option did not recommend the provision of inpatient beds. The proposals were to develop a facility which can offer outpatient clinics and day care (such as intravenous drips provided on a daily basis), not currently available in Edenbridge.

There were 1159 responses.

The key findings of the consultation were:

  • 94% agreed there should be a combined hospital/surgery
  • 79% supported the preferred option of a new building on a new site, with increased day care and no inpatient beds
  • 8% wanted inpatient beds
  • 84% supported building on a new site
  • The top statement people thought was most important to consider when planning future care for the area was reducing travel (68%), followed by designing healthcare to meet changing needs (60%)
  • Bottom priority was protecting the environment by re-using existing space (9%)
  • The top additional services people would like to see in Edenbridge were preventative health checks (39%) and maternity services, antenatal care and post-natal parenting support (37%)
The report will be discussed at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s (KCHFT) board meeting on 29 June and then by the Edenbridge Medical Practice. It will be discussed at the CCG’s Governing Body on 25 July where a recommendation on how to proceed will be made to its members.