Harrogate: no nursing beds to cope with winter pressure

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By Geoff Hodgson| Care home closures in the Harrogate district have resulted in nursing homes being full to capacity and people waiting in hospitals for placement, according to Harrogate District Care Home Forum (HDCHF) chair Keith Ludlum. Mr Ludlum told Caring Times that HDCHF, local member of Parliament Phil Willis, the County Council and the Health Authority had all expressed concern about the bed shortage. “Harrogate has lost 430 beds since 1998,” Mr Ludlum said. “Uncertainty about the future and low fee levels have caused many owners to sell their care homes which have subsequently been turned into blocks of flats. A 49-bed private nursing home was recently closed by the local authority.” Mr Ludlum said the last nursing home to close, in August, had been registered for 22 beds, and the closure had left just 10 vacancies in the Harrogate district. “At that time the local authority allowed a BUPA home to increase its registration by making seven single rooms into doubles,” he said. “With the situation as

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