HOSPITAL: Bed claims inaccurate

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We want to respond to the letter from Blyth Labour county councillors, which contained inaccurate information regarding the town’s community hospital, (News Post Leader, November 23).

We can assure residents that Blyth hospital has never had “surgical beds”, those dedicated to those recovering from surgical procedures elsewhere in our trust.

Its role is to provide expert care for people, predominantly the elderly, who require inpatient support following illness, injury or a spell in another hospital.

Whereas this may include those who have had surgery, for a broken hip for example, these patients require a full package of multi-disciplinary care, helping them to regain their independence and get back home as soon as possible with the right support in place.

To be clear, these beds remain open.

The hospital also has a very important role providing palliative care for patients approaching the end of their lives, as well as holding a number of outpatient clinics, diagnostic services and a minor injury unit.

We hope this clarifies the situation and gives reassurance to readers.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer

Executive medical director

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust