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In April 2017 Castleberg Hospital in Giggleswick was closed on a temporary basis on safety grounds.  There were issues with the heating, electrics and drainage which led to this decision.

You can read more about what happened afterwards, as well as the engagement and consultation that took place, here.

We have set out more information below about the decision taken by the governing body at its meeting on 8 May 2018, including papers and a recording of the meeting.

Decision about the future of the hospital and associated community services

On 8 May 2018 the governing body of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG carefully considered a wide range of information about the services including the views expressed in the public consultation, the rural geography of the local area, the safety of patients, the high quality of care required and the recommendation of the CCG’s clinical executive group.

Until its temporary closure on patient safety grounds, Castleberg Hospital provided 10 intermediate care beds and its services included rehabilitation, end-of-life and palliative care.

The governing body discussed a proposal from the CCG’s Clinical Executive Group that the hospital be re-opened once repairs had been undertaken. The recommendation  also included  the need to build on the community-based assets that sees Castleberg as a community based facility with options for a broader range of support services particularly the voluntary sector.

The future model of care that will be provided throughout Craven will aim to integrate services closer to patients’ homes and will include Castleberg Hospital acting as a community-based facility, with the option to provide a broader range of support services for Craven wherever possible.

The governing body acknowledged the value of the feedback provided by the local community and thanked those who had shared their views as part of the public consultation – around 1600 people, in all.  The Craven Community Group will welcome the views and opinionsof the public to help shape local care for the future in Craven.

The Craven Community Group is a cross-system group that brings together members of the public along with teams from the wider health and social care system to discuss health and care provision in Craven. Members include the local authority, NHS organisations, the emergency services, local neighbourhood groups and voluntary and community sector organisations (VCS) such as local charities and community groups.

The redesign of community care services in Craven and the use of Castleberg Hospital will form one of many areas the group will discuss, as they continue to look for smarter ways of working to ensure local people receive the right care, at the right time, first time.

To find out more, please email engage@awcccg.nhs.uk or call 01274 256072.

You can read more about the consultation in our governing body papers or by listening to the recording from the governing body meeting:

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Governing body papers

A range of other items, not related to Castleberg Hospital and associated services, were discussed at the same meeting. They can be found here.

The papers relating to Castleberg Hospital that were considered by the governing body were:




Recording of the governing body meeting

If you were unable to attend the governing body meeting, you can listen to an audio recording of the meeting below.