Halesworth & Southwold Community News February 2019 23 HALESWORTH HEALTH CHAIR’S ANNUAL REPORT NOVEMBER 2018

HALESWORTH Health's aim is to ensure good, local, integrated public healthcare services are available, both now and in the future, for the people of Halesworth and surrounding villages. Following on from Dr Richard Kell’s Chair’s Annual Report last year, things have continued to be difficult and challenging for Halesworth Health and everyone working locally in health care. It was hoped that by last

year’s AGM, building would have commenced on the new Castlemeadow Care (CMC) Nursing Care Home health facility, sadly another year on and this is still not the case. The owner of CMC, Dr Sanjay Kaushal is still fully committed to the project and continues to work with Halesworth Campus Limited and Richborough Estates. They are looking to agree a joint delivery plan for a ‘Halesworth Healthy Neighbourhood’ with a joint project planning application going in to Waveney District Council, but this has caused some further delay. The new CMC nursing care home will be as near as possible to the surgery, adjacent to the new sport and leisure site, which includes the skills training centre, on the old former Middle School site. At the beginning of the year

Gt Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical


Group (the CCG) announced their plans to begin a four- week public engagement exercise into the future of the Patrick Stead Hospital site. Their proposals were to cease funding the health and social day care at Rayner Green Resource Centre, and to close the service by the end of June, relocating all other outpatient services that are currently provided in the Patrick Stead Hospital and Physio Building into the RGRC building. This would enable them to close the hospital building, including the physiotherapy block, allowing NHS Property Services to put it up for sale along with most of their surrounding land. Despite our constant objections, reiterating the need to retain social day care services in Halesworth and various suggestions as to other options and possible locations for day care services to bridge the gap until the CMC health facility is up and running, this proposal was agreed by the CCG at a public meeting in March. Since the decision to close RGRC, Halesworth Health (HH) has been involved in constructive discussion, expressing


concerns, with the CCG around their plans to convert the RGRC building. They were hoping to have gone to planning and had the renovations completed, ready

to move all services across by April 2019. However, it is now looking likely that it will be a phased transition, with phlebotomy moving over first. With thanks to the meet

and greet team of volunteers provided by Halesworth Volunteer Centre, (HVC) again this year the PSH has continued to host phlebotomy, along with diabetic retinal eye screening, the screening for aortic aneurysms and the recent successful diabetic one stop shop, which enables patients to undertake all diabetic checks in one afternoon, with representatives from Desmond and One Life Suffolk available. Once the phlebotomy

service has transferred over to the RGRC building, the Patrick Stead Hospital, at this stage is likely to be declared surplus to requirements by the CCG and put up for sale by NHS Property Services Ltd, with the possibility of it being purchased as a community asset. The building has been registered as a community asset by Halesworth & Blyth Valley Partnership. A social day care service

is included in the plans for the CMC facility. At a HH meeting with the CCG, Melanie Craig, Chief Officer, still agreed to consider commissioning beds at CMC, providing these are at the right price and up to NHS standard. The CCG would also consider relocating outpatient services to a community hub at CMC, as we had envisaged, but was unable to commit at this stage. In view of the costs involved with converting the RGRC building, it seems unlikely that this will now be an option. The CMC nursing care home and health facility will also include private residential and nursing beds; facilities for people with dementia; along with housing with extra care on site, all managed by CMC. I am working with Nikki Sawkins, Emma Healey, (HVC) Tony Goldson and Barrie Peers and Felicity Tate (Suffolk County Council) to relocate a social day care at the Skills Centre, replacing the service provided at RGRC. The League of Friends of Patrick Stead are the lead organisation, commissioning and supporting a social day care service for residents of Halesworth and the surrounding area. We have selected a preferred building contractor and have now completed a service specification to go to possible providers. We are still currently waiting for legalities around the leases to be finalised before things can progress further. We are hopeful that this will be up and running for Spring 2019. This service will offer care for older people and those with dementia, who have a level of need that means they require

additional care provision and support that can be provided in a day care setting. This will enable people with disabilities, especially dementia and with social care needs to remain living independently in their own homes for longer and enhancing the quality of life of individuals and their carers. There are currently huge pressures on Cutlers Hill Surgery (CHS), with a national shortage of GP’s also affecting the practice here. There have been initial issues with the implementation of the out of hospital team locally, resulting in difficulties for the practice admitting patients to hospital and caring for people at home. The Minor Injuries Unit continues to run successfully from CHS. We are delighted to hear that

the Community Nursing Team has recently won an award for their services. Members of the Halesworth Community Nursing Service were awarded the title of Clinical Team of the Year, providing an outstanding service and going the extra mile to ensure the highest quality of care for their patients. It is so vital that an integrated team approach is achieved and maintained. I would like to thank all

the trustees of Halesworth Health for their continued commitment and input over the year and for the support I have received since becoming chair. Thanks especially to Dr Richard Kell, whose skills and knowledge have been very hard to follow and is a continuous source of support. Dr Annette Abbott is also a trustee for Halesworth Campus Ltd, representing Halesworth Health, and has put in a vast amount of time and expertise to the project over the years. Thanks to Deborah Holmes our secretary, with her legal background, Nikki Sawkins, who is also Chair of Halesworth Dementia Carers’ Fund and a trustee of Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund and David Fosdike for his astute assistance and local knowledge. Dr Rishi Nair is standing down as a trustee, due to increased work load and time pressures. Thanks to Rishi for his involvement and input over the last 6 years. The future for healthcare services is looking even more challenging, but Halesworth Health and Cutlers Hill Surgery will continue to engage in communication with the CCG to ensure the best outcomes for services here in Halesworth, for now and the future. If you would like to get involved with health and care services provided locally and join our small team of trustees, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please do get in touch via our website www.


IT is with great sorrow that we are letting Community News readers know the sad news that on 7th January 2019, our dearly loved friend and manager, Ali Hopkins, passed away after a short battle with cancer. She is hugely missed by everyone, and staff and volunteers are doing their best to keep Halesworth Library to Ali’s high standards and ensure it always remains the warm and vibrant place that Ali wanted for our town. Saturday 2nd February from

10.30am to 2.30pm the Sutton Hoo Roadshow will be at the Library. There will be free workshops for children (four different ones) and interesting replicas for all ages to see and handle. All welcome to this free event. No need to book – just come along and join in. See posters for more details. Tuesdays 5th and 19th February,

James from Realise Futures will be here for a drop-in session from 9.30am to 3pm offering advice on employment and training. Wednesdays 6th and 27th

February Suffolk Police’s Simon Green will be here from 10am to 12noon to give advice and information on your concerns about crime/policing in your area. Each Friday in February (1st,

8th, 15th and 22nd) Rebecca from Realise Futures will be here from 10am to 12noon holding drop in sessions providing information, advice and guidance for adults with Learning Disabilities and individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Sundays 17th February, 3rd

March and 17th March from 10.30am to 12.30pm we will be trialling Sociable Sundays. An opportunity to join with others for refreshments and conversation. All adults welcome to come along and brighten up a dull Sunday. The next session of Board

Games Café is on Monday 25th February from 2pm to 4.30pm. All adults are welcome to join us for a fun and sociable afternoon, choosing what to play from around 40 board and card games. It costs £1.50 and this includes refreshments and a raffle ticket. All funds go to support the Library. Wednesday 6th March from

10.30am to 12noon Alice Sparksman, from the Halesworth Dementia Support Project, will be in the library to offer support and information. Are you wanting to de-clutter

your home, or offer a service? Remember that we have a display board in the library window, useful for when you want, for example, to sell an old bike or find a gardener, or offer yourself as a babysitter. Please ask at the desk about

posting your advert. It costs £1 for a week or £1.50 for two weeks. Our popular range of reading

glasses and accessories from ReadySpex is updated regularly. Have you seen the lovely Library pens on sale for £1.50 at the desk? Have you looked recently in the display cases in the Library? You might be surprised what a variety of things you can buy, and all the profits support the Friends of the Library. Please come and browse. Monday from 10am to 12noon,

local writer/publisher Tom Corbett runs a creative writing group at the Library. A parallel group is held on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm at Bridge House, a minute from the Library. This eight-week rolling programme includes both poetry and prose writing. For more information, contact Tom on 07831 364021. On Tuesday, we have Baby

Bounce and Tot Rock from 9.30am to 10.30am. This is for babies and toddlers with their parents or carers. All are welcome to come along and enjoy some company and fun. On Tuesday mornings we have

a support session for using Laptops and iPads from 9.45am to 10.45am at £5 per session. There is also the possibility of one-to-one sessions at £15 per hour. Book up now – places fill quickly. All funds go to support the Library. Are you looking for something

sociable to do? On the first and third Tuesday (5th, 19th) from 2pm to 4pm “Crafty Companions” meet. Bring along your craft project to get some support and inspiration! On the second and fourth Tuesday (12th, 26th) from 2pm to 4pm we offer “Mindfulness Colouring”. Use our materials or bring your own. New members always welcome to both groups; a great way to meet people. On Wednesdays from 10.30am

to 12noon we host the popular and friendly “Time Out” sessions. February 6th, we welcome Viv with tales from a Baltic Cruise! February 13th Simon King will be here talking about Suffolk Mental Health Friends Programme. February 20th Rob Shoreland-Ball will be talking about his new book “The Southwold Railway-the Tale of a Suffolk By-Way”. February 27th, Jan Sheldon will be joining the group to talk about the vital work being done by St Martins Charity; much more than a home for the homeless. Many thanks to all of you who make this such a wonderful group. On Thursday mornings (when

the Library is otherwise closed) we host two fitness classes suitable for all abilities (in both classes

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month (February 9th) between 10am and 11am, your local county councilor Tony Goldson holds a drop-in surgery. On Sundays between 12noon

and 2.30pm we have free craft activities and stories for children. Drop in and join in the fun. All ages are welcome but under 8s must be accompanied. Every other Sunday (10th, and

24th February) from 10am to 11am the Library hosts Lego Club. All are welcome. £1 per builder. If you are not already a member

of the library, then please come and join. All you need is to come in with proof of name and address and we will issue you with a Library card that can be used at all Suffolk Libraries and will give you access to the Cambridgeshire catalogue. Apart from the usual books, DVDs, CDs etc, we have lots going on for all ages! Once you are a library member,

why not ask about becoming a member of the Friends of Halesworth Library? This charity raises essential funds to support improvements and activities in the library. It organises many of our events and supports library staff

in many ways. If you think our library is special, please join the Friends. Donations (large or small) are always welcome, as is your help. It’s also a great way to meet people and make new friends. All ages welcome. Don’t forget that even when

we are closed you can visit www. On that website, there are

lots of totally free downloads: music; e-books; audio books; and magazines. You can also click on Halesworth Library’s own website. For more information about

our services and facilities, please email or phone us, or come in and speak to one of our friendly members of staff. Find out about using computers, printers, photocopier, scanner, fax machine and laminator. Use the internet and Skype, even borrow an i-pad. Ask about putting a display in our window or posting a notice there for a local event or service. Remember too that you can rent space in the Library for meetings. We look forward to seeing you!

Email us at halesworth.library@ or phone us on 01986 875095. Remember that you can join

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