Initial engagement: the future of Castleberg Hospital, Settle

Published on 31/07/2017 at 08:40am

Please note, this initial engagement closed on Friday 15 September 2017.

We need your help to determine the future of Castleberg Hospital, Settle. We are asking you to tell us what you think would be the best way to conduct a future consultation on the service, what is important to you about the services you receive, and what options we should include in the future consultation.

Taking the time to give us your views is important. What you say makes sure that the services we commission reflect your needs, now and in the future.

What you tell us as part of this initial engagement will inform the options within a future public consultation about the future of Castleberg Hospital.

No decisions have been made yet about the future of the hospital, nor will a decision be made until the formal consultation (planned for later on this year) finishes.

About Castleberg Hospital

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (AHNSFT) made the decision to withdraw services temporarily from Castleberg Hospital on 13 April 2017 following ongoing issues with the power supply, drainage and heating. ANHSFT could no longer be confident that the building was safe to provide inpatient care or was suitable for the health and wellbeing of its staff. The hospital had 10 beds providing intermediate care and some end-of-life and palliative services to patients living in Craven.

Along with NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), our CCG, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, plans, buys and monitors the quality of services in the area, including those provided at Castleberg Hospital.

How are services being provided now?

The Trust continues to provide intermediate, end-of-life and palliative care services to people living in Craven. After clinical assessment, they are cared for at home or close to home (for example, in a nursing or care home).  To support this, the Trust has strengthened the community team working in and around the Craven area and Castleberg’s staff have been re-deployed temporarily across the community and intermediate care teams in Craven.

People who need acute inpatient care are treated at Airedale General Hospital or, if they live in Bentham, at Lancaster Royal Infirmary.  End-of-life and palliative care services are provided in people’s own homes, the care/nursing homes where they live, or in the Sue Ryder Hospice at Manorlands in Oxenhope.

The Trust is also seeking new office accommodation in the Settle area for community staff based at Castleberg.

What do you want us to tell you about?

At this stage we would like you to tell us about two things:

  1. What options we should consider for future intermediate, end-of-life and palliative care services in Craven,
  2. How you would like us to run a future consultation, and
  3. What’s important to you about services in your area

Options: our initial thinking isn’t either conclusive or exhaustive, but –  to give you an idea of the kind of things we might consider, below are three potential solutions that could form part of an options appraisal in the formal consultation:

  1. keep the hospital open,
  2. close the hospital and provide intermediate and palliative care in a different way
  3. build or use and alternative facility

We want to hear about what other solutions we could think about and why.

Further information

Further information can be found in the engagement document, available here. You can also take a look at some information boards which include a timeline of events, comments from staff and patients, and how we will assess the options.

You can also watch a video from Dr James Thomas, clinical chair, which explains the initial engagement process and how you can give your views.


You can also read previous information published about Castleberg Hospital by clicking on the following links:

How to give your views

  • complete the online survey, available here 
  • print, complete and post the form at the end of this engagement document to: Freepost RTEK-UHKG-UBEK, Douglas Mill, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford BD5 7JR (no stamp is needed)
  • reply by email to
  • attend one of the following drop in sessions:
    Dates & times Venue
    Wednesday 9 August

    2.00 – 4.00 pm

    Thursday 24 August

    5.00 – 7.00 pm

    St John’s Methodist Church & Hall, Church Street, Settle BD24 9JG
    Friday 18 August

    11.00 am – 1.00 pm

    Tuesday 5 September

    8.30 – 10.30 am

    The Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH
    Thursday 31 August

    8.30 – 10.30 am

    Sutton Village Hall, Main Street, Sutton in Craven BD20 7JQ
    Thursday 7 September

    5.00 – 7.00 pm

    Devonshire Institute, 48 Main Street, Grassington, BD23 5AA
    Friday 15 September

    11.00 am – 1.00 pm

    Bentham Golf Club, Robin Lane, Lancaster LA2 7AG

You can give your views until Friday 15 September 2017.

You can also register your interest in receiving a copy of the final consultation report by completing the form below.

If you do not get the chance to give your views, please look out for the formal consultation beginning later on this year. Information about this will be posted on our website.

What will be done with my feedback?

The feedback you give us as part of this initial engagement will be used to inform the content and the options that we give as part of the formal consultation.

The formal consultation will run for three months. Even if you have given your views as part of this initial engagement you can still contribute to the main consultation. You can register your interest now by completing the online form (above).