Nursing staff to be redeployed as Westbourne Green Community Health Centre temporarily closes all its beds

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Westbourne Green Community Health Centre in Manningham Westbourne Green Community Health Centre in Manningham

In-patient services have been suspended at a Bradford community hospital.

The action has been taken to allow for the recruitment of more nurses at Westbourne Green in Eccleshill.

The move comes only days after it was announced that another medical facility in the area – Eccleshill Treatment Centre – faces an uncertain future.

A spokesman for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Westbourne Green is not closing, we are temporarily suspending the inpatient service while we recruit additional nursing staff to enhance overnight staffing levels.

“Staff at Westbourne Green will temporarily be redeployed to other community wards as well as BRI to support the orthopaedic and care of the elderly wards where there is currently a high level of need.

“There are always empty beds in community hospitals during summer due to lower demand. This year we are consolidating these into one area to optimise staffing levels.”

Meanwhile, a Bradford MP has waded into the row over Eccleshill Treatment Centre, where staff have been told they might not have a job in 12 weeks. when operator Care UK’s contract expires.

George Galloway wants NHS Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Group to look at the issue as a matter of urgency and to see if ‘this drastic action’ is avoidable.

Mr Galloway, Respect MP for Bradford West, said: “The future of the centre – a matter of great concern – has been poorly handled by the CCG.”

The CCG has admitted there is no-one in place to run the service after July 7, but says it is working hard to ensure the facility is not lost.

The centre offers services such as orthopaedics, minor plastic surgery, MRI and CT scanning and X-rays. But there is no guarantee the successful contractor would use the Eccleshill premises. All 80-plus staff have been told they could lose their jobs or be relocated.

Mr Galloway says there is no indication where patients would be treated after closure or if alternative facilities can cope with an increased burden. The CCG says no acceptable bids have been received.

“So we have reluctantly had to end the procurement process without awarding a new contract,” said a spokesman. “We are exploring various options to ensure continuity of services.”

Bradford East MP David Ward has said he aims to meet with CCG representatives in the coming days.

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7:26am Tue 15 Apr 14

Albion. says...

"The action has been taken to allow for the recruitment of more nurses at Westbourne Green in Eccleshill."
Isn't it in Manningham?
"The action has been taken to allow for the recruitment of more nurses at Westbourne Green in Eccleshill." Isn't it in Manningham? Albion.
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9:11am Tue 15 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

The Conservatives said the NHS was safe with them.

It's falling apart. I've just been told the earliest appointment I can get with my GP is two and half weeks away. I just hope I'm not actually ill.
The Conservatives said the NHS was safe with them. It's falling apart. I've just been told the earliest appointment I can get with my GP is two and half weeks away. I just hope I'm not actually ill. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 3

9:17am Tue 15 Apr 14

pcmanners says...

This is what happens when you socialise health care. If everybody had to pay this wouldn't happen. Why should Doctors be free; you pay to get your car serviced. What's the difference? The next Conservative Government is going to privatise the NHS and do away with this kind of nonsense.
This is what happens when you socialise health care. If everybody had to pay this wouldn't happen. Why should Doctors be free; you pay to get your car serviced. What's the difference? The next Conservative Government is going to privatise the NHS and do away with this kind of nonsense. pcmanners
  • Score: -4

9:43am Tue 15 Apr 14

mad matt says...

Westbourne green is at the junction of Oak Lane and Heaton Road in MANNINGHAM, that's where my doctor is. Don't the T&A even know their way round Bradford now?
Westbourne green is at the junction of Oak Lane and Heaton Road in MANNINGHAM, that's where my doctor is. Don't the T&A even know their way round Bradford now? mad matt
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10:23am Tue 15 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

pcmanners wrote:
This is what happens when you socialise health care. If everybody had to pay this wouldn't happen. Why should Doctors be free; you pay to get your car serviced. What's the difference? The next Conservative Government is going to privatise the NHS and do away with this kind of nonsense.
The difference is that you can manage without your car, you can't manage without your life.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when you socialise health care. If everybody had to pay this wouldn't happen. Why should Doctors be free; you pay to get your car serviced. What's the difference? The next Conservative Government is going to privatise the NHS and do away with this kind of nonsense.[/p][/quote]The difference is that you can manage without your car, you can't manage without your life. Grumpygirl
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10:23am Tue 15 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Westbourne Green or Eccleshill Community Hospital; what's the difference?

They're both run by the NHS, both are in Bradford, and both perform more or less the same.

Stop nitpicking, you 'orrible lot.
Westbourne Green or Eccleshill Community Hospital; what's the difference? They're both run by the NHS, both are in Bradford, and both perform more or less the same. Stop nitpicking, you 'orrible lot. The Hoffster
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