Keep Bankfields Court and Aysgarth open
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NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (‘the CCGs’) have just concluded a public consultation on proposed changes to respite opportunities for people with complex needs, learning disabilities and/or autism. The CCGs are offering two options for future provision of services. Neither of these options will meet their needs, or the needs of their parents and families and both options will result in the loss of essential services without saving money in the long term.
Bankfields Court and Aysgarth provide respite care for adults with severe autism, learning disabilities and complex health needs from the Teesside area. This allows parent and carers to take a much needed break, confident in the knowledge that their loved one is receiving the highest standard of care by familiar staff in a familiar environment. The staff are made up of an experienced team of qualified charge nurses, associate practitioners, and trained health care support workers. The team meet emotional and physical care needs and also provide activities that they enjoy.
Looking after a loved one can be enormously rewarding, But it can also be both utterly physically and mentally exhausting. Without vital breaks provided by Bankfields Court and Aysgarth, families will reach breaking point where their own physical and mental health deteriorates and they can no longer continue.
We all understand that the NHS needs to manage its budget while providing the best care possible, but how can it be right to cut vital services from the most vulnerable of society?
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