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|26 Mar 2018, 3:46 p.m.||Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative - Christchurch)||Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative - Christchurch)|
Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date St Leonards Hospital, Ringwood, will close; what alternative patient accommodation will be available; and what the net change in the number of hospital beds in Dorset will be as a result of that closure.
Answered by Steve Barclay - Chief Secretary to the Treasury
NHS England has advised that the decision to close St Leonard’s Community Hospital has been made as part of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) Clinical Service Review (CSR). The CSR is intended to address sustainability issues in the county through reconfiguration of acute services and development of an integrated out-of-hospital model. More information on the CSR is available at:
In September 2017, NHS Dorset CCG’s Governing Body agreed the proposed CSR changes to health and care services in Dorset.
Dorset CCG has advised that community beds will not be closed until the CCG is satisfied that suitable alternative provision has been made in the system. This will be sometime in 2018, although no firm date has been set.