We have regular meetings with the Bucks Healthcare Trust leadership. At our last meeting we asked about their plans for in-patient beds at Thame and Marlow.
With the support of HASC, the current pilots running at Thame and Marlow are continuing for another two years so that other complementary elements of community healthcare services have time to be developed and rolled out across the county and be properly evaluated.
We are carrying out ongoing engagement with patients and the public and involving patients who have used the services to find out their views and opinions as the services develop.
A timeline of proposed stages is detailed below (this includes the pilots at the community hospitals as well as community hubs and other complementary elements of the service):
- Phase one (April 2017- 2018) – Confirm the hubs in Thame and Marlow for the next two years.
- Phase two (April 2017 -June 2018) – Review the out of hospital care model to understand the scalability of services between the hubs and integrated teams.
- Phase three (June 2018 – March 2019) – Increase the scale of delivery of hubs and integrated teams.
- Phase four (Apr 2019 – Mar 2020) – Integrate the out of hospital elements into the full care model. Development of the out of hospital model of care
We will continue to report our progress to HASC at regular intervals. At the end of the pilot, once we have been able to fully evaluate the pilot, there will be a public consultation regarding the model of care delivered at Thame and Marlow Community Hospitals, which will include the use of inpatient beds.