NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body has made the decision to stop commissioning respite services from the Windsor Unit at Clifton Hospital. Clifton Hospital will remain open.

Read our official statement below:

“Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group recognises that carers play an essential and central role in the provision of care and their contribution to promoting and maintaining the wellbeing of people across Fylde and Wyre is significant.

“We received a number of concerns regarding the future of the Windsor Unit and worked with partners to review the current use of the service. The decision to reallocate the funding previously received by the Unit was not an easy one, but we want to assure people it was not taken lightly.

“There are more than 23,000 carers across Fylde and Wyre and between January to December 2014 only 27 Fylde and Wyre carers used the Windsor Unit.

“We invited all the carers, users and other stakeholders to share their views with us regarding the Windsor Unit and its future and they told us they value the service, but many recognised the use of the service was not equitable.

“We have carefully considered all the responses we received and to ensure all carers receive equitable access to respite care, have decided to reinvest the existing Windsor Unit funding in the broader range of carer support services currently commissioned by Lancashire County Council following assessment.  This includes personal budgets, sitting-in service and short breaks.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their views.”


 

Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk