Royston Hospital

On 27th November I asked the following Parliamentary Question on the social care hub in Royston:

Oliver Heald MP, North East Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the decision by the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group on the options for an NHS and social care hub in Royston; and if he will make a statement.

Steve Brine - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

There is no current timeline for a decision on the option for a National Health Service and social care hub in Royston. Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) options appraisal has now been developed and it will be reviewed by the Cambridge and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership in due course.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Plan, published in October 2016, identified the need to establish capacity within general practice to create integrated hubs across the local area. Cambridge and Peterborough CCG is considering Royston Health Centre and the Hospital sites with an aim to integrate and co-locate services. The CCG is committed to including local community groups in this process.

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Many of my constituents will know that discussions about the future of the Royston Hospital site have been ongoing for some time.  I attend regular meetings with the NHS to ensure the interests of patients. I want to see the hospital site develop in a way that will best cater for our present and future health and social care needs.

Please see below the letter that I recently wrote to those living in Royston encouraging them to respond to the consultation which is currently ongoing about the future of the Royston Hospital site.

You can click here to see my blogs on Royston Hospital.

Here is a link to part of a speech I made in the House of Commons on the 21st November 2014, in which I praise the Strategic Lead, Tom Dutton, of the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG in working with Councillors, Friends of Royston Hospital and the Royston Hospital Action Group, to develop options for the future of Royston Hospital.

On 1st December 2014, I received an answer from the Health Department to a Written Parliamentary Question that I tabled, asking about the redevelopment of the Hospital. The Government said that the Clinical Commissioning Group is working closely with NHS Property Services and Hertfordshire County Council to develop options for the Hospital site. I am keeping a close eye on the situation.

On 23rd January 2015, I met with County Councillors Fiona Hill and Tony Hunter, and Margaret Allen, head of the Royston Hospital Community Interest Group, to sign up to the aims of the Royston Hospital CIC. The group is calling for an NHS social care facility on the Royston Hospital site. Find out more here.

On 13th February, I had a meeting with the hospital engagement group in which it was announced that the options for the redevelopment of the hospital site had been approved by the Cambridgeshire Association to Commission Healthcare (CATCH) and are now to go to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. After this, the business case review for the options will take place. It is good to see progress on this important project.

Following the last Engagement Group meeting, I wrote on 13th March to Maureen Donnelly, Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, based in Cambridge. I said that CATCH had approved the options for Royston Hospital to go forward to the CCG's Board for ratification so that the business case could be worked up for each of the options, and that I hoped that the Board would continue to support this process. She promised a briefing when the Board’s decision is known, and on next steps.

After the Election, I met again with Maureen Donnelly, and she confirmed that the options are going to be worked up as a Business Case and that this has been approved by the Peterborough and Cambridge CCG Board.

On November 24th, the NHS approved funding for a full Options Appraisal in relation to the proposed NHS/Social Care Hub in Royston. There had been two delays in the process, so I asked the Health Secretary to step in personally in order to get the decision made. This is a big step forward for this project, and the full press release can be found here.

In April 2017, I attended recent public meeting in Church, helped with a 5000-strong petition and am asking for a meeting with Jeremy Hunt.

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