Hospital is community asset

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Further to articles about the closing of Manners Ward at Ilkeston Hospital, I have been to both-a meeting of DCHS (Derbyshire Community Health Services) Trust, about making difficult decisions and to one at The Arena of ECCG (Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group) and I understand that rehabilitation services will very much continue at Ilkeston Hospital but may be done slightly differently.

Evidently beds are not fully occupied all the time as people prefer to stay at home if they can. Some beds may close which will release nurses to look after people at home in the community ? A new idea!

Two weeks after I retired as Dr Shevlin, my husband had a severe stroke and was in QMC for four weeks. I had to work hard on them to transfer him to Ilkeston Hospital and get them to understand we had good rehabilitation facilities here.

He was on the Manners Ward for six months and though they tried hard, they could not get him on his feet again. I looked after him at home, in a wheelchair for the next eight years.

I am presently working one day a week as volunteer carer ambassador with Carers UK and Derbyshire Carers Association to try and get ‘joined up’ partnership working between those with long term conditions, their unpaid carer, GPs and other health and social care professionals, so there is informed mutual help and support at home and in hospital-for everyone.

I am trying to get carers to register with GPs as a carer, so the Department of Health has a better idea of the number of ‘unpaid carers’ in England.

Derbyshire Carers Association have helped set up an Erewash Carers Coffee morning on the last Thursday of each month at Littlewick Medical Centre.See you there on October 25th, 10am-11.30am for information and support.

Bridget Leech