St Saviour's Hospital ward closures (FOI)
St Saviour's Hospital ward closures (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 22 May 2023.
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What date were the Oak and Maple wards at St Saviour's hospital closed please?
How many patients were in those wards when they closed?
Where were those patients sent?
Were the families of the patients consulted before this decision was made?
What was the rationale given for the closure?
Who made the decision to close them? If a board or panel - who were the members of the panel? - Names please
Who signed off this decision?
Was the Health Minister at the time (Deputy Richard Renouf) consulted?
The final patient was discharged from Maple Ward on 30 November 2020.
The final patient was discharged from Oak ward on 01 December 2020.
Prior to closure commencing, there were five patients on Maple Ward and seven patients on Oak Ward.
All patients had an updated assessment of their care needs in order to ensure they were placed appropriately.
Patients were moved to Beech Ward if they were identified as having an ongoing health need that required inpatient care within a ward setting, or if they were detained under Mental Health Legislation.
A significant number of patients were identified as needing either dementia focussed residential care or general nursing home care, and were therefore moved to placements within these settings. This included the majority of people who were moved to new community capacity identified through an independent provider (LV Group), who made changes to their capacity and registration status at St Joseph’s Residential and Nursing Home in order to help meet the needs of this specific client group.
Yes, where applicable, families of the patients involved were engaged. This process was referenced by the then Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services, and the then Health and Community Services (HCS) Group Managing Director in the Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel Quarterly Hearing of 29 October 2020:
Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel Quarterly Hearing.pdf (statesassembly.gov.je)
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The initial decision to close Oak Ward and Maple Ward was driven by the need to relocate the dementia assessment unit (Beech Ward) to Rosewood House, in order to both commence the refurbishment of Clinique Pinel and facilitate refurbishment work at Rosewood House.
However, it also allowed for people to move from hospital care to a community based placement when their care needs assessment demonstrated that this was the type of placement that they required, rather than ongoing hospital care within a ward environment. At the time, it was noted that this was consistent with the direction of future care model planning (referred to as the Jersey Care Model) that had been set out by HCS and the then Minister for Health and Social Services.
The proposal was initially made by the Mental Health Care Group leadership team, which included the Associate Medical Director for Mental Health, the Associate Managing Director for Mental Health and the General Manager. The final decision was made by the HCS Executive Team, and was supported by the Minister for Health and Social Services.
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Deputy Richard Renouf - Minister for Health and Social Services
HCS Executive Team
Caroline Landon - Director General
Robert Sainsbury - Group Managing Director
Dr Patrick Armstrong - Medical Director
Rose Naylor - Chief Nurse
Mental Health Care Group
Associate Medical Director for Mental Health
Associate Managing Director for Mental Health
General Manager, Mental Health
Please see response to question F.
Yes, as evidenced by this being discussed in the Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel Quarterly Hearing of 29 October 2020 (referenced in response to Question 4), at which the Minister for Health and Social Services was present.
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