Extra funding helps campaign to develop Thornbury hospital site
A SUCCESSFUL bid for £1 million by community healthcare organisation Sirona has given a boost to the campaign to develop Thornbury’s hospital site.
The money is to go towards the provision of extra care sheltered housing for the elderly at both Thornbury and the former Frenchay Hospital site.
It is a crucial component of the plan for Thornbury and the funding was welcomed by local councillors.
Thornbury and South Gloucestershire councillor Maggie Tyrrell said it was “excellent news” for the town.
She said: “We’ve been fighting long and hard for extra care housing on the site of the hospital.
“There’s no sure thing yet and they still need more money but this is a good base for Sirona to take the next step forward.
“We don’t expect the care facilities to go up immediately but after years of campaigning, we’re delighted that there’s a firm signal something’s going to happen.”
Councillor Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for the area, said: “Extra care housing is vital to give people support so they can continue to live independent lives as they age.”
South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s overall aim is to develop health and social care services for Thornbury on the hospital site, providing community rehabilitation and nursing home beds, outpatient services and better facilities for GPs.
There are 20 beds within the existing hospital, which provides rehabilitation, intermediate care, palliative care, a limited range of consultant-led outpatient clinics and community services such as physiotherapy.
The plan anticipates 80 beds, comprising up to 44 NHS rehabilitation beds and 36 care beds.