Castleberg Hospital, Giggleswick: views sought from local people

At a series of drop-in sessions in August and September, local people are invited to have their say on how they want to be involved in helping to decide the future of Castleberg Hospital and its services.

Following ongoing issues with the power supply, heating and drainage issues Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – which runs services at the hospital - was no longer confident that the building was safe for inpatient care, or for the health and wellbeing of its staff.  As a result, inpatient services were temporarily withdrawn on 13 April 2017.

To protect the building during its temporary closure NHS Property Services Ltd, which owns the hospital and its grounds, will be securing the premises.

Before a formal consultation on the future of the hospital and its services starts, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to engage with local people to find out what matters to them, what they need from services and the best ways of consulting them.  

Working with partners, the CCG has identified some potential options for early discussion with local people to find out if, or how, they might satisfy their health and care needs.  They are:

  • keep Castleberg Hospital open;
  • close the hospital and provide care in a different way;
  • build, or use, an alternative facility;
  • other options identified through engagement with local people will also be fully considered.

Following the engagement sessions, the CCG will assess all of the options against a range of criteria including patient safety and experience, clinical effectiveness, levels of care, and cost.

Dr James Thomas, clinical chair of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said:  “We know that people are concerned about the future of local services and are keen to know what will be available in the long-term.

“To ensure that we make the right choices, we want to understand what is important to people and why. We are encouraging people to get involved as their views will really make a difference to the options we propose as part of the formal consultation.”

People will be able to share their views in a number of ways, including an online survey or by attending one of the drop-in sessions during August and September. 

Full details of how to get involved will be advertised shortly. In the meantime, people can register their interest by:

Later in the year a formal consultation will take place over a three-month period.