Joint statement re Chatsworth ward
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group:
Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust has confirmed an intention to withdraw from providing the current neuro-rehabilitation services at Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital.
This is due to a number of factors related to clinical sustainability and is not a financially driven decision. The Trust has had difficulties in recruiting the specialist medical staff needed to secure the future of the service and reach the accreditation standards required to deliver a comprehensive neuro-rehabilitation service, and this has combined with a reducing need for the services within a hospital setting.
The Trust is liaising closely with Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which has confirmed there will continue to be services to care for neuro patients either at a different location or using a different care model. Discussions are taking place to define what the future needs might be and how they can be met, and views of service users and their families will be taken into account.
Patients that currently use the ward can be assured that any change in service will be phased so that their current treatment and care will not be disrupted. The Clinical Commissioning Group has confirmed they will continue services to care for neuro patients either at a different location or using a different care model. Patients who are on the ward who don’t need specialised neuro-rehab will continue to be cared for on other wards within the Trust.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals has confirmed that there will not be any staff redundancies, and is working closely with members of staff to give them as much choice as possible about where they work in the future. Commissioners and providers are also working together to ensure that the space at Mansfield Community Hospital is used in the future to provide a broad range of services appropriate to a community setting.