The end of an era has come for Rowsley Ward at Newholme Hospital, Bakewell, as it closed today (13 April) to make way for new models of care for patients in north Derbyshire.
The planned closure has taken place as part of the 'Better Care Closer to Home' programme which health bosses say is designed to provide more patient care closer to home and out of traditional hospital settings.
The move was originally planned for later this month, but progress has meant plans were brought forward to proceed today. The ward has offered rehabilitation for older patients following a spell in an acute hospital, but the local NHS is now moving to a new way of caring for people.
William Jones, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’d like to commend the professionalism of our brilliant team at Rowsley Ward.
“The team has my full support as they move into their new roles caring for the same cohort of patients. In no way does this move detract from the excellent care the team has delivered to patients over the years. Their individual skills and experience will continue to be vital to us as we provide more care closer to home and away from traditional hospital settings.
“We are expanding our community-based teams in the Dales area and this is a model of care proven to deliver better outcomes for patients. We are committed to ensuring that our services for patients remain safe and high quality while managing this transition.”