Bed closures at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital!
68 beds have been closed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. NNUH is in ‘financial special measures’, so has to slash costs. Edgefield Ward (urology) has closed its 36 beds, with 18 of these being moved to Earsham Ward meaning those 18 are lost to Earsham patients.
Remaining urology patients will be treated at the Day Procedure Unit. Staff there are having their working day extended to 10pm to cope. Any patients who have had urological surgery and who still need care after 10pm will stay on the DPU and night cover will be provided by a trained staff member and a Health Care Assistant – there must be concerns here for patient safety and wellbeing.
Cringleford Ward has closed its 20 beds, meaning its teenage patients will have to transfer to adult wards.
Holt Ward has closed 12 beds, so that that two bays can be freed of beds for the creation of a discharge lounge.
NNUH say they will reopen all beds at end of October. Good news, but closing beds for over 10 weeks until then is unacceptable given the pressure on beds at NNUH. We’ll be watching for further cuts at NNUH – they have to make more as massively in deficit.
24 beds also closed at Henderson Unit Bowthorpe Road
Admiral nurses service (supporting dementia patients and carers at home) also axed
- Saturday 15 October, 11.00-13.00: Protest against closure of beds at Henderson Ward Bowthorpe Road and against axing of Admiral nurses (dementia support). Outside St Peter Bancroft church opposite the forum, Norwich
- Wednesday 19th October, 19.00-21.00: NHS Norfolk Action Group, the Play Room, Norwich Playhouse
- Wednesday 26 October, 19.00-21.00: KONP meeting, Beehive pub, Leopold Road, Norwich
- Monday 31 October, 19.00-21.00: NHS Norfolk Action Group, the Play Room, Norwich Playhouse. Guest speaker: Steve Carne from 999 Save Our NHS
- Friday 11 November, 18.30-20.30: NHS Norfolk Action Group Public Rally, Blackfriars Hall, Norwich: Find out what the final cuts to our NHS mean to you and your family. Speakers include Dr Bob Gill and Deborah Harrington. Bob Gill is a London GP, NHS defender and driving force behind the film ‘The Great NHS Heist’. Deborah Harrington is NHS Campaign and Events Organiser at NHS Action Party.
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