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Engagement to support relocation of RNHRD services

Bath Centre for Fatigue Services (BCFS)

Planned relocation to the RUH site in 2019

We're planning 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.

Gathering Feedback

Between June and September 2017 we invited feedback from those with an interest in this service. We spoke with and heard from a range of people and organisations, 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 planning for the future to ensure we can continue to provide the best care for those living with these conditions. You can see a 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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