Tatton Ward closure angers Knutsford residents

Extract from the Knutsford Guardian

“DISGRUNTLED Knutsfordians have blasted a decision by health bosses to permanently close an in-patient ward at the town’s community hospital.

In a meeting – attended by more than 50 residents – at St John’s Church hall last Thursday the East Cheshire NHS Trust board decided to close the 18-bed Tatton Ward.  However, it added outpatient and community services would not be affected by the decision. ”

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Council’s view on Tatton Ward not needed until 2014

Extract from Knutsford Guardian

EAST Cheshire NHS Trust has confirmed that its decision whether it will reopen Knutsford’s Tatton Ward will not have to be discussed by the borough council until 2014.

The consultation into Tatton Ward finished in February and campaigners were expected to hear the matter discussed at the next Cheshire East Council health scrutiny meeting taking place on Thursday, March 7. But the trust told the Guardian the council only has to discuss it a YEAR after the decision has been made by the trust board.

A spokesperson for East Cheshire NHS Trust said: “The Trust will make recommendations following the Tatton Ward Consultation at its Public Trust Board on March 28.  “The Trust has been advised that the Scrutiny committee do not expect a report on the conclusion of the Tatton Ward consultation until approximately 12 months post decision making and implementation.” A notification of the decision of the Trust Board will be sent to the committee for information after March 28.”

Tatton Ward closure permanent at Knutsford Community Hospital

TATTON Ward at Knutsford Community Hospital has been closed since 2010.

Its operator – East Cheshire NHS Trust – has made it clear that it feels the ward is no longer able to meet the needs of patients.

On its website it has listed the reasons behind the closure: it is old accommodation in need of modernisation; it has reduced access to therapy services; and it has limited access to medical care.

The website adds: “We made the decision in September 2010 to temporarily close this facility due to these reasons. We are now proposing the permanent closure of this ward and the transfer of the service to the Langley Unit at Macclesfield District General Hospital.”