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Engagement to support relocation of RNHRD services

Rheumatology Therapies Services

Planned service relocation to the RUH site in 2019

We're planning to relocate the outpatient services currently provided by the RNHRD Rheumatology Therapies Service from their current location at the Mineral Hospital site to a purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre on the RUH's Combe Park site in 2019. 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 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.

As the Rheumatology Therapies Service is closely inter-linked with the RNHRD's Rheumatology Service and Clinical Measurement Services, we are planning to move these services at the same time, you can find out more here.

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, patients will continue to be seen and treated by the same team, providing the same high standards of care. Only the location will change, patients attending the Specialist Ankylosing Spondylitis course will continue to have access to residential beds, the exact location has not yet been finalised.

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

The RNHRD’s Rheumatology Therapies Service is highly regarded, and has an excellent reputation nationally and internationally.  There are no concerns about the standard of care provided and no plans to stop providing these services.

Relocating ensures the continuity of this service and provides the best opportunity to support and develop the service for the future.  Relocating 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.
  • Better  facilities including:
    • a large hydrotherapy pool,
    • a well-equipped gym,
    • 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.

What does the Rheumatology Therapies Service Provide?

The  RNHRD’s Rheumatology Therapies service provides a wide range of assessment, treatment and interventions for those with musculoskeletal and rheumatology conditions. These include :

  • Physiotherapy service
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Podiatry service
  • Orthotics service
  • Dermatology
  • Educational activities for the management of long term conditions through multidisciplinary programmes for adults diagnosed with fibromyalgia,
    rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus and scleroderma
  • Specialist AS multidisciplinary residential course, to promote self-development and provide patients with the resources to optimise their health

The service works closely with Rheumatology Service and Clinical Measurement which also operate from the Mineral Hospital site.

The RNHRD’s Clinical Measurement service provides imaging and measurement services which enable doctors and clinicians to give accurate diagnosis and optimum treatment to patients and includes:

Gathering Feedback

Between October 2016 and Jan 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 of these services to ensure we can continue to provide the best care for those living with these conditions.

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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