NHS centre may be shut

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A SOUTH Yorkshire rehabilitation centre is being threatened with closure as the NHS trust in charge struggles to find the £100,000 a year needed to keep it running in the face of public sector cuts.

A review is now being undertaken by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust into Park Rehabilitation Centre on Badsley Moor Lane, Rotherham.

A trust spokeswoman said the facility – which provides rehabilitation and therapies for NHS and paying patients – said the running costs each year were ‘over and above the resources available’.

The centre is owned by NHS Rotherham and leased to the trust to provide services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Consultation with patients, staff and health partners over the long-term viability of keeping the centre open.

The spokeswoman said the Trust would ultimately be looking at whether “more appropriate” alternative facilities could be made available.

She added: “As part of the trust’s recent savings consultation announced early in March we identified a range of specific services which would be subject to review at a later stage.

“Services we provide out of Park Rehabilitation Centre were one of the areas mentioned as part of that process.

“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.

“We know the services provided are valued by users, however we also know that the trust simply cannot afford to subsidise non-NHS services and we are therefore having to make difficult choices. This review is part of that decision making process.

“The trust’s priority has to be to ensure that we maintain front-line services for those most in need of our care.”