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Relocation of RNHRD Services

Bath Centre for Fatigue Services (BCFS)

Proposed relocation to the RUH site in 2018

We're proposing to relocate the services currently provided by the Bath Centre for Fatigue Services (BCFS) from their current location at the Mineral Water Hospital site to a purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre on the RUH's Combe Park site in 2018. The new Centre will bring together a number of outpatient services from the RUH and RNHRD which support patients to live independently in the community.

This relocation only affects the BCFS services provided from the Mineral Hospital site - satellite and community clinics will continue in their current location.

This is part of a careful and phased approach to relocating all RNHRD services from the Mineral Hospital site to the RUH or appropriate community based settings. Clinicians have been closely involved in these plans over the last few years, focusing on the continuity of high quality care and the importance of maintaining valued relationships with patients.

You can find out more about why we are relocating all RNHRD services here.

What does this mean for me?

In the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre, you will continue to be seen and treated by the same team, providing the same high standards of care. Only the location will change.

Why are we relocating this service? What are the benefits?

Relocating ensures the continuity of this service and provides the best opportunity to support and develop the service for the future.  Relocating to a purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre on the RUH’s site also brings other benefits such as:

  • A modern, purpose built facility, designed in conjunction with patients, staff and those with an interest in the service.
  • A  dedicated outpatient Centre, providing a therapeutic environment, which is being designed to include:
    • Natural light to create bright interiors, which are not dependent on artificial lighting.
    • Reduction of noise and use of sound absorbent surfaces.
    • Appropriate location of art, nature and greenery to soften the clinical environment and make a positive impact on patient recovery.
    • Garden areas to provide a calming view  or place to sit, to help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • For some patients with long-term conditions, including cancer, there is the potential for improved integrated care, with access to several services within the same space.
  • Better facilities including: 
    • enhanced group rooms,
    • improved waiting room facilities.
  • Better integrated care for those who access other services at the RUH.
  • Improved physical access; there will be flat access to the new Centre, modern lifts and a purpose designed building to accommodate those with restricted mobility. BCFS patients will have used of clinic and group rooms located closest to the main entrance. 
  • Easier access to wider support services on the RUH site.
  • Staff will benefit from wider access to support services, easier access to training and development opportunities and more opportunities for shared learning.

What does the Bath Centre for Fatigue Services Provide?

BCFS provides outpatient services for people experiencing long standing fatigue that significantly impacts on day to day life.  This includes adults with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), people living with and beyond cancer (as part of the Macmillan Step Up service) and people living with fatigue associated with other long term conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The majority of services are provided from the Mineral Water Hospital site.

The BCFS also provides community based clinics across the region, home or workplace visits and Skype and telephone consultations. These will not be affected by the proposed relocation to the RNHRD and Therapies Centre.

Have your say

The BCFS needs to relocate from the Mineral Water Hospital site and we think the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre will provide a great new home for the BCFS.  As a dedicated purpose built outpatient Centre, the new facility will be to designed to deliver a rounded approach to patient care, where the environment will play a role in supporting the wellbeing of patients.

Now we would like to hear your views on this proposal and your ideas, to help us plan the best future for this service. Although the BCFS won’t relocate until 2018, we’re busy working on plans for the new RNRHD and Therapies Centre. 

You can find out more about the new Centre by clicking on the following links:

Engagement

From now until 4th September 2017, we'll be hearing from patients, staff, community groups, healthcare partners and any other relevant partners of this service to make sure we get this right, so our team can continue to provide the same high quality services in their new home.

You can share your thoughts, we’d like to hear what you think works well at the moment, what you feel could be improved in the future or anything else you think it is important for us to know. We can use this information to make sure we provide the best possible new home for this service.

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