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Highfield Grange Has Closed And New Arrangements Announced

Wednesday April 25 2012



THE CONTROVERSIAL closure of Highfield Grange has gone ahead and new arrangements for patients announced, We Are Barnsley can reveal.

Campaigners fought for months against the loss of the facility in Wombwell - which was the only one in the borough which provides intermediate care for people who are well enough to be discharged from hospital but not yet fit enough to go home.

But, despite the battle, money could not be found to keep it open and instead patients will now be asked to use one of three residential homes in the area.

John Harding, head of joint commissioning older people and vulnerable adults for Barnsley Council, said: "Following a successful period of dual running, Highfield Grange has now closed and been replaced by intermediate care beds commissioned in each of the designated private sector residential care homes.

"The therapeutic and medical services will continue at the same level of support that Highfield Grange offered."

The designated residential homes are Epworth House at Thurnscoe , Thornhill House at Darfield and The Buckingham at Penistone which have each been asked to provide 10 beds available to intermediate care patients.

These beds are used for patients with a variety of therapeutic rehabilitation needs including speech therapy and physiotherapy.

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Reply Posted by Wao1973 on Thursday April 26 2012 at 06:19
my grandfather was in highfield and it was a way that us who live local could easily visit,the mcmillan nurses we're fantastic and its a shame for such a great facillity to be closed 

Reply Posted by Kathy-1964 on Thursday April 26 2012 at 07:09
Disgusting! Another closure of a much needed service forced on us by Cameron and his puppet Clegg!!!

Reply Posted by Suetasker on Thursday April 26 2012 at 14:06
It's so sad Highfield has closed it was a wonderful place and the care and support was second to none, the staff worked hard to help and support the patients get back on their feet to allow them back into their homes. It was the only one left in the borough I really thought they would keep it open.

Reply Posted by BetterRedThanDead on Thursday April 26 2012 at 17:43
Such a shame that the elderly services are targetted once again, and this from a Labour controlled council. ~ Leader Steve Houghton, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Reply Posted by Guest on Thursday April 26 2012 at 22:08
HAVE  you considered WHAT this will do the PEOPLE who live thereI do not think so. THEIR home and friends TO have to move is Way out off bounds --- You will be old your selves ONE DAY WOULD YOU like it 

Reply Posted by Big betha on Thursday April 26 2012 at 22:22
Such a sad loss. Without the hard work and dedication of the staff at Highfields my grandmother would have been unable to return home and would have ended up in a home permnantly.Another case of budget saving rather than focusing on peoples needs.The politicians who voted for the closure should be ashamed of themselves.

Reply Posted by navekmac on Saturday April 28 2012 at 14:11
And the town hall has been needlesly refurbed inside and out again..its the same people that decided in the funding for that , that would have decided for the closure of highgate...its not the government its your local know that you will always vote for them council that did it..because there is no independent press or journalist in Barnsley who questions them or gets to the root of their jobs for the boys corruptiuon

Reply Posted by guest on Sunday April 29 2012 at 19:47
highfield grange closed on the 31st of march, I worked there along with other excellent members of staff, who gave the care and dedication to all clients that came into highfield .  what a waste

Reply Posted by gaynor on Friday November 15 2013 at 00:05
I was a staff member and the dedication to patient care was excellent. It was a service like no other very loyal staff and got many patients back home. Discusting how many people became redundant.