In December Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, facilitated and Chaired an important event between the Hornsea Hospital League of Friends, Councillor Barbara Jefferson and representatives from the City Healthcare Partnership, which delivers clinics at the Hospital, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which commissions the services, and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, which owns the Hospital building. The purpose of bringing these local people and organisations together was to allow community representatives to air their concerns to the health bosses over the future of the Cottage Hospital and its services.
Graham said “I was pleased to Chair the constructive meeting back in December where it was agreed that Hornsea Cottage Hospital can provide even more clinics and services than it does currently. I welcome the news that the CCG had a follow-up meeting in the town earlier this month.”
At the 4 February meeting, the CCG shared information on the complex rules regarding property ownership in the NHS and explained that current ownership of Hornsea Hospital resides with Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust. The CCG has agreed to fund the cost of the whole building to allow the space to be used more flexibly.
Graham went on to comment “I am delighted that the CCG has listened and that services at the Hospital are being expanded. There will be wound care clinics every weekday, foot care clinics two days per week, musculoskeletal clinics two days per week in the bespoke physiotherapy space at the Hospital, and a regular continence, bowel and bladder clinic. The enhanced clinics are due to commence in March.
“One of the Hornsea Hospital League of Friends’ concerns has been over the Hospital space being underused, and the announcement that services are to be expanded is welcome. It’s really important to everyone in the town that the Hospital is used to capacity and remains, for generations to come, the local hub for receiving health care.
“Another point which was raised in the December meeting was how to make sure the community knows how many clinics the Hospital provides, and that they can request to be seen in Hornsea. So it is good news that the CCG is producing an updated brochure giving details of all the available clinics at the Hospital.”
Stuart Addy, standing in the May local elections as a candidate in the North Holderness Ward said “This is good news for the town. Hornsea Cottage Hospital is a much-loved health facility and we need to ensure it is fully used for as many clinics as possible. I’m pleased Graham got the ball rolling on this and enhanced clinics will be available from next month. It’s important local people can get great healthcare close to home. The need to retain and enhance the Hospital services is particularly strong given the plans to add nearly 790 new homes to Hornsea by 2028. If I’m elected in May, one of my priorities will be to work with Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends, who do tremendous work on our behalf, to make sure the Hospital thrives into the future.”