Northwich announces return of inpatient beds

NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group has confirmed that inpatient beds look set to be brought back to Northwich, Cheshire, on a permanent basis.

The rehabilitation beds will cater for patients who would have previously made use of the former inpatients’ unit at the Victoria Infirmary Northwich (VIN).

The unit was closed in May 2010 following a failure by the wards to meet electrical testing standards. The new beds, which are to be based at Leftwich Green, Northwich and Winsford, are being funded by NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) as a ‘step down’ from hospital or a ‘step up’ from the community, the Knutsford Guardian said.

The two organisations hope to offer the beds on a permanent basis if the necessary funding can be secured.
A spokesman for the CWAC said: “We are working with Vale Royal CCG to provide rehabilitation services within Leftwich Green that will enable individuals recovering from illness or accident to undertake recovery in a safe and homely environment.

“Trained staff are available to offer physiotherapy and occupational therapy services, with the regular oversight of a GP, to enable people to regain their confidence and independence before returning to their homes,” added the spokesman.

The aforementioned beds make up part of a total of 20 beds destined for use by the whole of Vale Royal, which were purchased through funding from NHS England.

Local campaigners who were fighting for inpatient beds to be returned to Northwich are delighted by the news, confirming that it would mean an end to bed blocking in nearby Leighton, as patients would be able to be treated closer to home in Northwich.