NHS rehab centre saved from the axe

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HEALTH bosses have decided to save a closure-threatened rehabilitation centre in South Yorkshire.

Chiefs at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust announced back in May that they were considering closing the Park Rehabilitation Centre on Badsley Moor Lane in Rotherham.

They said they couldn’t afford the additional £100,000 a year needed to keep it running in the face of public sector cuts.

At the time, a trust spokeswoman said: “The services at the Park Rehabilitation Centre are currently being used by both NHS patients and non-NHS fee paying groups and individuals but the centre is currently costing £100,000 a year over and above the resources available to the trust.

“Despite an increase in fee -paying users and a price increase, it is not generating enough income to cover the costs of running the services.”

The centre is owned by the primary care trust, NHS Rotherham, and leased to the trust to provide services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

But now, after a review and patient consultation, the trust’s board of directors have announced they want to keep the centre open.

And they are going to work with the primary care trust to secure its future.

They are planning to move more services from Rotherham District General Hospital to the Park Centre complex.

A foundation trust spokeswoman said: “The board’s preferred option is that existing NHS services remain at the centre and they fully support proposals to work with NHS Rotherham to maximise the use of the facilities available at the Park Rehabilitation Centre by transferring a range of therapy services to this site from the hospital.

“We are working with NHS Rotherham to secure their support and commitment to this preferred option and the trust will be working with all parties concerned to secure this support in the coming weeks and months.”

A statement on the trust website said: “The trust has worked very closely with its patients, staff, PRC users and health partners in order to ensure everyone’s views have been listened to.

“The Trust’s review of its NHS services provided at the PRC is now complete. We would like to once again say thank you to everyone who has participated in the review.”