Following an extensive public consultation last year, the decision was taken to close inpatient beds and the main building at Lowestoft Hospital by the autumn.
The proposals were developed by HealthEast in partnership with JPUH and East Coast Community Healthcare. They were subject to a 12 week public consultation during the summer.
Option One, to move some services to the £6m Kirkley Rise development and to develop services in North Lowestoft, was approved along with Option Two, which will see a business case prepared for a second permanent building on the Kirkley Rise site to bring together services such as housing, education and employment.
North Wing redevelopment
Work has begun on a refurbishment project which will allow patients in north Lowestoft to continue to access important healthcare in the North Wing of Lowestoft Hospital.
The Trust has committed to spend an initial £50,000 on alterations so that a variety of its services can remain on site. This will include phlebotomy and a range of outpatient clinics, including a separate area for the provision of children’s services. Beds are no longer in use at Lowestoft Hospital with the remaining services being available Mon-Fri 08.00 - 18.00 only.
This is a temporary arrangement while Waveney’s health and social organisations work together to agree a permanent solution for the Lowestoft Hospital site.
Out of Hospital Team
The introduction of a community out of hospital team, which will operate 24/7 to ensure patients can receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
Made up of senior nurses, therapists and social workers, the team will assess patients within two hours of referral and put the necessary support in place so that, wherever possible, they can receive high quality healthcare in the comfort of their own home. If this is not appropriate, they will arrange admission to an NHS-funded bed within a local care home.
Patients who need to be under the care of a consultant within an acute hospital setting will continue to be admitted to the James Paget University Hospital.