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CVHT: Return of Community Beds to Cranleigh

(Pictured Above: Chairman, Dr Robin Fawkner-Corbett at a recent AGM last November)

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT) has announced plans to partner with leading care provider HC-One to develop proposals for their site at Knowle Lane in the centre of Cranleigh. This reflects the Trust’s very significant  recent progress towards achieving their long-held objectives regarding, in essence, the replacement of sadly-missed healthcare facilities in the village.

Proposals have now been developed for the incorporation of 20 community beds within a state-of-the-art care home, which beds will be made available for use by Guildford & Waverley
Clinical Commissioning Group (GWCCG) and Surrey County Council’s (SCC) Adult Social Care Department. The provision of those 20 community beds lies at the core of CVHT’s key aspirations,
and the Trust has long recognised that their creation and sustainability is only possible by suitably sharing both staff and facilities within an adjacent larger care home. This integration will, therefore, help ensure that such critical aspects as clinical governance and facility management are effective.

Once delivered the proposals are expected to help alleviate delayed transfers of care of those ready for discharge at RSCH. The Trust also proposes to build a  20-unit health-worker accommodation block on their Knowle Lane site and so better facilitate the appointment and retention of staff.

The Trust’s plans have been greatly influenced by the strong liaison over the past couple of years with the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH), and other locally-based major ‘health stakeholders’, in the development of a robust strategy for restoring and enhancing our community’s health services. This ongoing liaison not only better enabled CVHT to provide the 20 community beds but is also linked to RSCH’s keen plans to create, in effect, a ‘centre of excellence’ for diagnostics in particular on the site of the Old Village Hospital.

Now CVHT, together with their highly qualified partner HC-One, are focusing on the development of detailed site plans, and associated operational aspects, which they will share with the public in
the next few months before submitting their final proposals to Waverley BC in mid-2017.

In the meantime, CVHT will be most pleased to address any queries from the community. Some such queries might already be addressed on their recently updated website ( www.cvht.org.uk );
alternatively you may call 01483-276121 or drop into their Information Centre/Charity Shop at Oliver House on Cranleigh High Street where they will be most pleased to enhance your understanding of their plans and strategy.

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