The dementia ward at Solihull Hospital may close in three months as health chiefs look to providing more community-based care for the patients.
Dr Patrick Brooke, head of Solihull’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body taking over the running of health services in the borough, has admitted there is no future in treating dementia patients in hospitals and wants to look at providing care elsewhere in the community and at home.
The Solihull News revealed two weeks ago that the dementia ward – ward 10 – was under threat following plans to change the way dementia care is delivered in the borough.
At a public meeting this week, Dr Brooke, chief officer of the CCG, praised work carried out at the ward and told those present the CCG had agreed to fund the facility for the next three months.
“We have not commissioned this service but I have to praise the (Heart of England) trust. It is a service which has gone above and beyond what is expected and it is to be commended.
“But in the long term, I would have to say hospitals are not the places to manage people with dementia. I believe we can deliver a better service in the community and, eventually, move towards treating more people in their own homes.”
The meeting, held at Solihull Moors Football Club on Tuesday, was organised by Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Julian Knight, to give residents a chance to question health professionals on the future of services at the hospital.
When asked if Ward 10 was facing the axe, Dr Brooke said the future of the ward was ‘uncertain’, but added: “We are not about to reduce the quality of care.”
Solihull MP Lorely Burt has welcomed the announcement that the ward will remain open for the next three months.
*Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will meet with Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull, Julian Knight, to discuss the plans for Ward 10.
Mr Hunt has recently pledged to ‘revolutionise’ care for dementia sufferers and has agreed to meet with Mr Knight to listen to local concerns about the future of dementia care in the borough.