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End of an era for Newholme Hospital’s Rowsley Ward

It's the end of an era for Newholme Hospital’s Rowsley Ward, as it closes to make way for new models of care in north Derbyshire

The planned closure has taken place as part of the better care closer to home programme which is designed to provide more care closer to home and out of traditional hospital settings. The move was originally planned for later this month, but good progress has meant we are able to proceed today. The ward 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 so they continue to receive the care they need. 

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. It’s going to be a challenging transition period and I’ll continue to offer the team 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 their 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 remain safe and high quality while managing this transition.”