Future use of The Grange, Kidderminster

The Grange Published Thursday, 11th October 2018

The way short-term care for people discharged from hospital is provided in Wyre Forest is going to change.

The Grange in Kidderminster, which hasn't been at full capacity for around four years, has been earmarked for closure as it is deemed not fit for purpose.

Patients who currently receive care at the facility will be found alternative care elsewhere in Wyre Forest.

Five beds are currently in use at The Grange for people seeking short-term recovery and rehabilitation from hospital. There are currently no long-term residents at The Grange so the closure will have no impact on the long-term care of any resident.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "The Grange currently only provides short-term care for people. We've looked into the future use of the building and it is going to cost too much to make the adaptations needed for it to be suitable for people living with dementia.

"For that reason the decision to close The Grange has been made and care will be provided elsewhere in Wyre Forest, including in people's own homes. This sort of care is often better delivered in people's own homes anyway to keep them independent for longer."

Kidderminster St Johns Local member, Councillor Tracey Onslow, fronted a petition last year in respect of The Grange to ensure the views of local people were heard.

She said: "The standard of care is the most important issue and I have been assured that the recovery and rehabilitation beds will be relocated within the Wyre Forest area, with appropriate support from NHS staff."

In February 2018, the County Council's Cabinet agreed that there was no longer a need for retention of The Grange as a short-term recovery and rehabilitation unit. It was decided to look into the option of reshaping the service so it looked after people with dementia.

But after surveying the building, it was concluded that there were limitations due to the nature of the existing building, which would prevent the best service for high need dementia patients. The cost of remodelling, refurbishment and repair of The Grange would have cost the County Council between £2.2million and £3.3million.

Since April 2018, The Grange has provided 10 short term beds – five beds for time limited rehabilitation and recovery care, and five beds for short-term replacement care.

Subject to Cabinet approval on October 18, a full consultation will be held for staff working at The Grange, with a possible closure date of March 31.