It was the end of an era for Rowsley Ward at Newholme Hospital in Bakewell on Friday, 13, as the doors closed for the final time to make way for new models of care for patients in north Derbyshire.
The ward offered rehabilitation for older patients following a spell in an acute hospital, and the move was originally planned for later this month, but good progress has meant plans were brought forward.
William Jones, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’d like to commend the professionalism of our brilliant team at Rowsley Ward. The team has my full support as they move into their new roles caring for the same cohort of patients.
“In no way does this move detract from the excellent care the team has delivered to patients over the years. Their individual skills and experience will continue to be vital to us.”
The closure is part of the Better Care Closer to Home programme, which is designed to provide more patient care outside of traditional hospital settings.
William said: “We are expanding our community-based teams in the Dales area and this is a model of care proven to deliver better outcomes for patients.”