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Engagement to support relocation of RNHRD services

(including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Complex Cancer Late Effects Rehabilitation Services)

Proposed relocation to the RUH site in 2019

We're proposing to relocate the pain services currently provided at the Mineral Water Hospital site in Bath, to the RUH's Combe Park site, also in Bath, in 2019. This includes:

  • Services provided by the Bath Centre for Pain Services
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Service
  • Complex Cancer Late Effects Rehabilitation Service including Breast Radiation Injury Rehabilitation Service

The Bath Centre for Pain Services would relocate to a specially refurbished building, separate from the acute hospital building. The new location would include specially designed residential accommodation, group treatment areas including therapy and group rooms, office space for the BCPS team and a dedicated therapeutic courtyard area.

Complex Regional Pain Service and Complex Cancer Late Effects Rehabilitation services would relocate to a purpose build RNHRD and Therapies Centre, which will bring together a number of outpatient services from the RUH and RNHRD which support patients to live independently in the community.

Residential accommodation will be provided in the new Bath Centre for Pain Services building, on a separate floor.

This relocation affects the pain services provided from the Mineral Hospital site – any outreach work will continue.

This is part of a careful and phased approach to relocating all RNHRD services from the Mineral Water 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?

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 these services? What are the benefits?

Relocating ensures the continuity of these services and provides the best opportunity to support and develop the service for the future. The proposed new home for each service has been designed in conjunction with staff, patients and others with an interest in these services, to make sure we get the best solution for each service.

Bath Centre for Pain Services – Chronic Pain Services

An important element of the residential programme is providing treatment in a non-medical environment, therefore the proposed new location is situated within the Combe Park grounds but in a building separate from the main hospital.

The specifically refurbished building will offer:

  • Flexible residential arrangement to accommodate different patient groups (single sex accommodation, adolescent, parent and child etc).
  • Therapeutic courtyard area with protected seating areas for BCPS patients only.
  • Personal space, to support independent living and allow patients to focus on course principles.
  • Social space, for relaxation or interaction with other patients.
  • An enhanced environment with optimal spaces for treatment and accommodation including;
    • Reduction of noise due to setting in Combe Park grounds, rather than city centre location
    • Art, nature and greenery

Complex Regional Pain Service and Complex Cancer Late Effects Rehabilitation Service

Patients on the CRPS and CCLER residential programmes will also be provided with accommodation within the refurbished BCPS building. However, patients on these courses require full access to a range of therapies and treatments, which will be provided at the purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre, on the RUH site. Benefits include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Transport between patient's residential accommodation and the RNHRD and Therapies Centre will be provided.

What pain services are currently provided at the Mineral Water Hospital Site?

  • The Bath Centre for Pain Services provides intensive, interdisciplinary treatments designed to help those with complex pain conditions to manage important aspects of their lives more successfully. The BCPS treats people of all ages who are experiencing chronic pain - where pain is persistent, disabling and not adequately helped by other treatments. Treatment is usually offered as a residential rehabilitation programme delivered by a multi-disciplinary team, with an emphasis on promoting self-management. Courses run for a period of two, three or four weeks.
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Service provides appropriate diagnosis and management of CRPS, Complex Cancer Late Effects Rehabilitation Services provides services for those who have sustained a radiotherapy induced brachial plexus injury, or unresolved persistent pain and reduced activity as a result of treatment for cancer.

For both services, patients are initially referred as an outpatient. If appropriate, patients then attend a two week residential programme where they receive individual rehabilitation programmes from a multi-disciplinary team with an emphasis on helping patients manage and live with their condition, allowing patients to return to activities that are important to them, whether their pain is reduced or not.

Gathering Feedback

Between October 2018 and December 2018 we invited feedback from those with an interest in these services including patients, carers, clinicians, GPs, healthcare partners and support groups. We asked people to share their thoughts on our plans to relocate, including any benefits, concerns or anything else people thought we needed to consider.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. We used this information in our planning for the future to ensure we can continue to provide the best care for those living with these conditions. You can see a final copy of the final proposal here.

You can still contact us with your comments on our overall plans to relocate services from the RNHRD site at: ruh-tr.haveyoursay@nhs.net

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