NHS axes plan for £15m new Keighley health centre in favour of community care

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Council leader David Green Bradford Council leader David Green

Plans to build a £15 million health and well-being centre in Keighley have been suddenly scrapped, with an NHS chief saying the focus was no longer on “building-based health solutions”.

Instead, health chiefs will make improvements to the existing Keighley Health Centre in Oakworth Road and promote “community-based support teams” to offer services in people’s homes and prevent unplanned hospital visits.

Plans for the centre date back to 2009, and after an extensive public consultation in 2010 the Oakworth Road site was chosen as the future home of a new, purpose-built centre that would incorporate family doctors, dentists, end-of-life care, physiotherapy, community nurses and voluntary care groups.

Bradford Council had pledged £1 million to the project.

Council leader David Green said he would now seek an urgent explanation from the NHS on why it suddenly no longer wanted to invest in the new centre.

The decision has been taken by the board of NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds.

It announced the centre was “no longer needed” because of the increased national focus on community care – which sees health, social and voluntary groups work together to treat more patients at home and reduce hospital admissions.

Kevin Howells, its acting chief executive, defended the decision, saying: “We are committed to working with our partners to improve health and social care services for the people of Keighley and are excited by the development of integrated care, as it truly focuses on the needs of patients and offers a new, innovative and flexible way of working.

“Nationally, the ways in which health and social care services need to transform now focus on integrating care rather than building-based solutions – and this offers the best way to improve care for patients and service users and make best use of taxpayers’ money.”

The NHS board added: “To help improve the physical condition of Keighley Health Centre, the board approved a programme of backlog maintenance to make improvements and free up extra space for use by Holycroft GP Surgery.”

Councillor Green said the pledged £1m remained in the Council’s accounts.

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7:35am Mon 4 Feb 13

angry bradfordian says...

It's a bit rich of the council wanting explanations from others on why things aren't getting built!
It's a bit rich of the council wanting explanations from others on why things aren't getting built! angry bradfordian

8:04am Mon 4 Feb 13

monobrow man says...

Why do you need a health and well being centre to tell a fat or unhealthy person to get better you need to stop drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Get someone either on a computer or to go to there house to explain this to them. A sensible decision by the NHS.
Why do you need a health and well being centre to tell a fat or unhealthy person to get better you need to stop drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Get someone either on a computer or to go to there house to explain this to them. A sensible decision by the NHS. monobrow man

8:04am Mon 4 Feb 13

monobrow man says...

Why do you need a health and well being centre to tell a fat or unhealthy person to get better you need to stop drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Get someone either on a computer or to go to there house to explain this to them. A sensible decision by the NHS.
Why do you need a health and well being centre to tell a fat or unhealthy person to get better you need to stop drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Get someone either on a computer or to go to there house to explain this to them. A sensible decision by the NHS. monobrow man

9:17am Mon 4 Feb 13

Mo Bradford says...

I agree with both the above comments, truly said.
Mr Green How's the Westfield, Odeon, Central Library, Employment figures, School performances all doing under your leadership of the council?....
These are just a few to mention.
I agree with both the above comments, truly said. Mr Green How's the Westfield, Odeon, Central Library, Employment figures, School performances all doing under your leadership of the council?.... These are just a few to mention. Mo Bradford

9:24am Mon 4 Feb 13

Mo Bradford says...

Sitting in your relaxed and comfort office sipping away I dont think you care, and its no wonder that Bradfordians dont have faith in the council. No investments, no jobs, just big queues to collect JSA's.
Any work with Police about robberies in the city which have been happening on a massive scale......
Sitting in your relaxed and comfort office sipping away I dont think you care, and its no wonder that Bradfordians dont have faith in the council. No investments, no jobs, just big queues to collect JSA's. Any work with Police about robberies in the city which have been happening on a massive scale...... Mo Bradford

10:32am Mon 4 Feb 13

collos25 says...

This council is sitting pretty trousering brown paper envelopes and making a few noises now and again.Get rich quick and sod the future and the people is the councils motto.
This council is sitting pretty trousering brown paper envelopes and making a few noises now and again.Get rich quick and sod the future and the people is the councils motto. collos25

11:36am Mon 4 Feb 13

justjustice says...

Keighley Health Centre is a nightmare to find a parking spot for! It simply is too small for the number of people attending it and we definitely need something bigger.

But this is the North, cuts to projects and NHS are bigger here in order to make the lives of Londoners more comfortable.
Keighley Health Centre is a nightmare to find a parking spot for! It simply is too small for the number of people attending it and we definitely need something bigger. But this is the North, cuts to projects and NHS are bigger here in order to make the lives of Londoners more comfortable. justjustice

11:49am Mon 4 Feb 13

angry bradfordian says...

justjustice wrote:
Keighley Health Centre is a nightmare to find a parking spot for! It simply is too small for the number of people attending it and we definitely need something bigger.

But this is the North, cuts to projects and NHS are bigger here in order to make the lives of Londoners more comfortable.
Like the hospital in Lewisham that's having it's A&E closed down for example?
[quote][p][bold]justjustice[/bold] wrote: Keighley Health Centre is a nightmare to find a parking spot for! It simply is too small for the number of people attending it and we definitely need something bigger. But this is the North, cuts to projects and NHS are bigger here in order to make the lives of Londoners more comfortable.[/p][/quote]Like the hospital in Lewisham that's having it's A&E closed down for example? angry bradfordian

2:17am Tue 5 Feb 13

justjustice says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
justjustice wrote:
Keighley Health Centre is a nightmare to find a parking spot for! It simply is too small for the number of people attending it and we definitely need something bigger.

But this is the North, cuts to projects and NHS are bigger here in order to make the lives of Londoners more comfortable.
Like the hospital in Lewisham that's having it's A&E closed down for example?
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 4.6 miles away
King's College Hospital 5.1 miles
The Royal London Hospital 7.3 miles.

http://bit.ly/WKZ9Cg have to go to page 7 before you start hitting palces more than 10 miles away

http://bit.ly/WqKv3u only have to go to page 2 before most are over 10 miles away!
And notice there isnt anything in Keighley, the Health Centre isnt a hospital.

And with £2731 per head being spent on London transport compared to our £201, they should have no trouble getting to any one of those hospitals.

Having one hospital out of so many so close to them not having an A&E department is an inconvenience in London, compared to other rural areas where people have to travel 30 miles or more!

Your argument is invalid
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justjustice[/bold] wrote: Keighley Health Centre is a nightmare to find a parking spot for! It simply is too small for the number of people attending it and we definitely need something bigger. But this is the North, cuts to projects and NHS are bigger here in order to make the lives of Londoners more comfortable.[/p][/quote]Like the hospital in Lewisham that's having it's A&E closed down for example?[/p][/quote]Queen Elizabeth Hospital 4.6 miles away King's College Hospital 5.1 miles The Royal London Hospital 7.3 miles. http://bit.ly/WKZ9Cg have to go to page 7 before you start hitting palces more than 10 miles away http://bit.ly/WqKv3u only have to go to page 2 before most are over 10 miles away! And notice there isnt anything in Keighley, the Health Centre isnt a hospital. And with £2731 per head being spent on London transport compared to our £201, they should have no trouble getting to any one of those hospitals. Having one hospital out of so many so close to them not having an A&E department is an inconvenience in London, compared to other rural areas where people have to travel 30 miles or more! Your argument is invalid justjustice

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