Fears over delay to Fleetwood rehab beds

Rossall Hospital is set to close.
Rossall Hospital is set to close.

Fleetwood will be left for a year without any rehabilitation beds for the elderly, once Rossall Hospital shuts down next month, say concerned councillors.

Fleetwood Town Council members are concerned that health chiefs on the Fylde coast will not be making any decisions on the town’s hospitals until a fresh survey and consultation is concluded next year.

With the 40-bed Rossall set to close and no confirmation on where a separate 20 nurse-led beds will go until after the consultation, they fear Fleetwood will be losing out. The issue came up for debate again when the council held its latest meeting last week.

Council chairman, Coun Alan Marsh, told the meeting: “My concern is that if the health administrators decide Fleetwood can do without any beds for a year, it can do without them for good.”

Coun Bill Barrow, who heads the council’s health working group, told the meeting it was unlikely members of the three heath bodies in charge of elderly rehab care would attend a public meeting in the town.

He said the Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, the Fylde and Wyre Commissioning Group and the Blackpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who were enable to attend a Fleetwood meeting in June, didn’t want a follow-up.