Blythe House Hospicecare CEO Janet Dunphy
A new health hub encompassing GPs, hospitals, end of life care and retirement homes is in development for the town of Buxton in Derbyshire.
The aim of the hub is to bring a range of health and social services together in one location, which will be the 3.5 acre site of the former Buxton Water plant.
There are 11 different partner organisations involved in the project, including Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Buxton Medical Practice, and Blythe House Hospicecare.
The hospice’s CEO Janet Dunphy explains that being situated close to other care services will be of great benefit to their patients. “The hospice will benefit by having a structure that integrates us more effectively with our colleagues in primary care” she says. “Being near other people that deliver care services such as GPs, district nurses and allied health professionals – it is those connections and that integration that then supports the community.
“Putting all healthcare professionals in one place can only improve services for the public and make things easier for them, and that is why we are all here.
“Working together, we can ensure that local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease, do not need to travel lengthy distances to receive the highest quality palliative and end of life care, but that they can do so right here in our local community.’
Given the size of the site and the number of organisations joining in, an opening date is still a few years away, however it is expected that the business case will be finalised early next year.
For more information visit Blythe House Hospicecare