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Cornish Treatment Centre Closing

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:10pm 28th February 2017

Bodmin Treatment Centre is stopping all of its NHS services by the end of March.

The centre specialises in non-emergency care.

NHS Kernow commissions Ramsay Health Care UK to provide a range of elective services.

But the contract will finish on 31st March because bosses could not reach an agreement to renew it.

NHS England also commissions Ramsay Health Care to provide specialist dental surgery and offers bowel screening follow-up appointments to a small number of patients from Bodmin Treatment Centre.

Ramsay Health Care UK is one of six providers commissioned by NHS Kernow to provide these services in Cornwall and Devon.

The others being Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust; Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Ramsay Health Care UK at the Duchy Hospital, Truro; Probus Surgery; Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre; and Plymouth Nuffield.
Procedures and appointments performed from Bodmin Treatment Centre account for four per cent of all elective care activity in Cornwall.

This decision only affects people who were due to be treated at Bodmin Treatment Centre, it does not affect anyone who is due to receive treatment from one of the other six providers NHS Kernow commissions services from.

NHS Kernow and Ramsay Health Care are working together to ensure patients continue to receive the care they need, either from Bodmin Treatment Centre until 31st March, or from another provider from 1st April.

Ramsay Health Care UK has written to all patients who were either booked for a procedure, outpatients' appointment or follow-up appointment to explain what will happen to their care.

Anyone who was booked for a procedure at Bodmin Treatment Centre up to and including 31st March will still be treated there and we are making arrangements for anyone who was booked for an appointment from 1st April to be seen by another provider.

NHS Kernow Governing Body member and clinical lead for elective services Dr Rob White said: "We commission Ramsay Health Care UK to provide a range of non-emergency elective care procedures from Bodmin Treatment Centre. It is one of six providers we commission to provide non-emergency procedures, including cataracts, hernias, and minor day case surgeries.

"The end of NHS Kernow's contract with Ramsay Health Care UK on 31st March provides an opportunity to consider how Bodmin Treatment Centre fits into the system's plans to provide an integrated, primary care-led elective care service, in-line with the Shaping The Future vision to create a financially sustainable and seamless service that provides the best clinical outcomes and value for money, based on people's needs and the money we have available to spend."

Chris Gendall, General Manager of Bodmin Treatment Centre said: "Ramsay Health Care is very proud to have served the people of Cornwall during the past 11 years.

"We remain firmly committed to the ongoing delivery of excellent care and services to the people of Cornwall at The Duchy Hospital in Truro."

MP for North Cornwall Scott Mann MP said: "I'm saddened to hear that NHS Kernow and Ramsay Health Care have been unable to reach an agreement on continuing non-emergency services at Bodmin Treatment Centre.

"It's vital that all patients are now referred to other facilities as soon as possible to ensure that they get their treatments as originally planned. My understanding is that the majority of patients who use the centre are not from Bodmin and that they can use facilities closer to home.

"Nevertheless, I know that this will be a blow for people living in Bodmin and I will be writing to the KCCG to highlight the importance of services at Bodmin Treatment Centre and ask whether they can be moved to Bodmin Hospital.

"I visited the centre only a few months ago and I witnessed a very good level of care that was being provided. I hope that this is just a short term measure and that NHS treatments can be re-introduced in the near future. I have meetings with NHS Kernow on a regular basis and I will raise any concerns with them which have been expressed to me by constituents."

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