Final drop-in session to discuss future health services in Craven

Published on 11/09/2017 at 05:31pm

People interested in the future of health services in the Craven area are being urged to attend the final drop-in session taking place on Friday 15 September at Bentham Golf Club, Robin Lane, from 11am to 1pm.

The session is open to anyone who wants to contribute to the discussions about intermediate, end-of-life and palliative care services in the Craven area, following the temporary withdrawal of services at Castleberg Hospital.

People who cannot attend or have not yet given their views, still have time to complete the online survey before it closes on Friday 15 September. To complete the form, please visit:

Before a formal consultation on the future of these services starts later in the year, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has arranged the sessions to talk to people in Craven to find out what matters to them, what they need from services and the best ways of consulting them.

Dr James Thomas, clinical chair of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said:  “We have had over 400 people contribute so far to this engagement exercise. Friday’s drop-in is the final chance for people to have their say and talk to us about the future of intermediate, end-of-life and palliative care services in Craven.

“We would like to hear their views so that we can provide the right services in the Craven area.  It’s vital that we understand what is important to people and why. Their views can really make a difference to the options we propose as part of the formal consultation.”

Working with partners, the CCG has identified some potential options for early discussion with local people to find out if, or how, they might satisfy their health and care needs.  They are:

  • keep Castleberg Hospital open;
  • close the hospital and provide care in a different way;
  • build, or use, an alternative facility;
  • other options identified through engagement with local people will also be fully considered.

Following the engagement sessions, the CCG will assess all of the options against a range of criteria including patient safety and experience, clinical effectiveness, levels of care, and cost.

Later in the year a formal consultation will take place over a three-month period.

People can also register their interest to receive information about the engagement and the future consultation by: