Newly refurbished accommodation within the hospital includes two four-bedded wards, two single rooms, and family, therapy, treatment and day rooms. Externally, the hospital has been re-roofed and has new drainage and electricity generator. A new external ramp to the main entrance helps people with disabilities to access the hospital.
The experienced nursing, therapy and domestic services teams providing care and support at the hospital include an equal mix of new and returning staff. They will continue the hospital’s long-held tradition of providing a high-quality, friendly and caring service for people living in Craven.
Brendan Brown, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I joined Airedale last year and was immediately impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of our communities in bringing Castleberg back to life. The refurbishment is part of our wider programme of regeneration to offer our communities the best possible healthcare in facilities that are fit for the future.”
Dr James Thomas, clinical chair of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “During the consultation, we heard how very important and integral Castleberg Hospital is to the range of services that the NHS offers to people living in isolated rural communities, and to their families and carers. We are delighted that the hospital and its staff are once again able to provide care for people who need that extra help and support to recover from, or manage, their illness.”
Mike Dyson, NHS Property Service’s principal construction manager, said: “A key part of the success has been our partnership with the Trust and CCG. Throughout the process, from start to finish, working together as a team has delivered high-quality renovation works at Castleberg Hospital.”