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There’s still time to share your views about Community Care Services in Craven - Thursday 22 Feb

People living in Craven and surrounding areas are being reminded to share their views about community care services, including the future of Castleberg Hospital, as the NHS consultation comes to a close.

People have still got chance to give their views on the two consultation options no later than Tuesday 27 February.

The three-month consultation includes community services for adults who need rehabilitation or additional support to prevent them becoming acutely unwell, or care when they are nearing the end of their lives.

A final public drop-in session will be held on Thursday 22 February, from 6pm to 8pm at Gargrave Village Hall, West Street, Gargrave, BD23 3RD, giving chance for people to share their views face-to-face.

Dr James Thomas, GP clinical lead at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG said: “We have received excellent feedback online, through the post and at the meetings held to discuss the options. We want to hear as many people’s views as possible so we hope people can attend the final public drop-in session in Gargrave.

“It’s important to know what matters to local people so we can design services and make decisions that personalise care and support patients and their families in the long-term.

“As a local GP, I understand how important community care is to people in Craven - especially being a rural community. If you can’t come along to one the final drop-in session, I would urge you to take the time to either fill out the online survey, email or write to us so that your views are taken into account.”

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The formal consultation follows an engagement exercise during summer 2017. Local people were asked to share their thoughts on the best way to consult, and their thoughts around what matters most to them. Nearly 300 people gave their views during the engagement period which was used to plan the main consultation and shape the two options being consulted on. 

The two options are:

Option 1: continue to provide inpatient care in the community and repair and restore Castleberg Hospital.

Option 2: provide an enhanced range of care in people’s homes or in an alternative community setting (determined by their needs), and close Castleberg Hospital.

Castleberg Hospital was temporarily closed in April 2017 due to safety concerns following ongoing issues with the power supply, heating and drainage at the ten-bed Giggleswick site.

Since then, additional community services (including inpatient beds in local care homes) have been provided to ensure the local community’s health and care needs have been met. These also include services at the main acute hospitals in Steeton and Lancaster. Castleberg’s nursing team has also extended its role as part of the community by providing additional support to patients in their own homes.

Those who cannot attend the final drop-in session can complete the consultation questionnaire online by visiting or share their views by emailing

People preferring to take part by post can write to: Care in Craven Consultation, Freepost RTEK-UHKG-UBEK, Douglas Mill, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford, BD5 7JR (no stamp is needed).

Full details on the consultation are available on the CCG’s website at:

The consultation will run until 27 February 2018. It is expected that a final decision on the future of the services will be made in May 2018.

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