Healthcare trust announces its intention to transfer health and social care services

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All Hallows Healthcare Trust has announced that the trust is likely to close, with all health and social care services being transferred to another provider.

Today the board of trustees for All Hallows Healthcare Trust has announced that the trust is likely to close, with all health and social care services being transferred to another provider.

Health and care commissioners, who have a statutory duty to provide health and social care, will now ensure that those who receive care and support from All Hallows will continue to do so with another provider. We will work to secure continuous care during the transfer period.

The health and care commissioners include Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG and the NHS South Norfolk CCG.

All Hallows, which provides care across north Suffolk and south Norfolk, currently runs home care services, a nursing home in Bungay, a community hospital and day care service in Ditchingham, and a meals on wheels service. It has announced that it is likely to close, following a staff consultation of 45 days.

Sue Cook, Executive Director of Peoples Services at Suffolk County Council, who speaks on behalf of all commissioners, said:

“Together we have a statutory duty to ensure that those people currently receiving care from All Hallows will continue to receive care and support. We recognise the value and importance of the care and support provided by All Hallows in the community.

“Working with All Hallows, we are actively exploring a range of options to minimise disruption to the care provided. This includes the transfer of care and support services to alternative providers who can deliver a good quality of care at a local level.

“We are also in close contact with the owners of All Hallows’ buildings in Bungay and Ditchingham to explore the potential of leasing these to another provider.

“The impact on staff at All Hallows will also be a key factor as we consider all options for service continuity.

“We will continue to keep people, and staff, updated with any developments. We recognise this is a worrying time for them.”

Andy Evans, chief executive at All Hallows, said:

“It is with sadness that we make our announcement today.

“The care and future of those who we care for is of paramount importance and we are engaging in detailed planning with their commissioners of care to identify and arrange alternative care and ensure any disruption to them is kept to a minimum.

“Along with the board of trustees I would like to express our thanks to staff. There will now be a 45-day formal process of consultation with staff before a decision is made.”