Consultation on care homes closing soon

TUV leader Jim Allister pictured at Monday morning's protest against the closure of NHS residential care homes  (Submitted Picture)
TUV leader Jim Allister pictured at Monday morning's protest against the closure of NHS residential care homes (Submitted Picture)

Consultation is ending on proposals on the future of statutory residential homes which include developing Pinewood as a rehabilitation facility.

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has issued a reminder that its consultation on care home proposals will close on October 2.

The 14-week consultation period began in June and proposals include the Trust continuing to provide residential care at Lisgarel (Larne), Clonmore (Newtownabbey), Joymount (Carrick) and Rosedale (Antrim) and resumption of permanent admissions to these homes once the consultation has concluded.

Due to availability of suitable alternative accommodation, the Trust is also proposing to phase out residential care provision at three homes including Pinewood, Ballymena.

It is proposed that Pinewood be developed as a rehabilitation facility to cover Ballymena and Antrim areas.

Una Cunning, Director of the Trust’s Community Care said: “All responses will be carefully considered before the Trust’s final proposals are submitted to the Health and Social Care Minister.”

Commenting after attending a protest at Stormont on Monday against closure of NHS residential homes Jim Allister said: “When one listens to the elderly residents of these homes one cannot fail to be struck by the appreciation they feel for the care they have received. The sword has hung over this essential part of our health service for far too long. It’s time the Minister removed it by lifting the ban on new admissions.”