HSSD decided to close KEVII four years ago

A DECISION was taken to close the King Edward VII Hospital in 2009, it has been revealed.

Ward sister Salonge Pollock in the only ward operating in the King Edward VII Hospital. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1299326)
Ward sister Salonge Pollock in the only ward operating in the King Edward VII Hospital. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1299326)

A DECISION was taken to close the King Edward VII Hospital in 2009, it has been revealed.

It was taken by the Health and Social Services board of the time, but was said to be a long-term plan.

HSSD has admitted that each patient costs on average £97,000 a year.

During a tour of the facility yesterday, chief officer Mark Cooke and new minister Mark Dorey revealed a breakdown of the cost of running the site’s only ward – totalling just over £2.4m. of the hospital’s £2.9m. overall running costs.

Of that amount, £1.92m. is spent on staff wages, another £367,000 on food, catering and housekeeping, £104,000 on utilities and maintenance, and £39,000 on medical supplies.

Comments for: "HSSD decided to close KEVII four years ago"

SF

When will these politicians get it? The 2009 board decided the hospital should be closed. Until a new resolution to recind that decision is passed, the existing board is duty bound to follow the earlier decision. Now that's an example of good governance, as they all seem to want to be told what "good governance" looks like.

Stop playing politics and get on with politics. This includes the tough and potentially unpopular stuff. There are no easy decisions when it comes to health care cuts but we'd have another £30 million in the pot if they hadn't wasted so much going for gold at the airport!!

soph

Whatever the cost this a needed facility that we all pay for via tax etc

Remember you could be watching this post today then find you have a debilitating condition next week

Peter

So what if the States have to pay out to keep the wards open that’s why we pay taxes. Not for them to hoard it. The tax is raised to pay for the necessities to keep the Island running efficient for the people. Get rid of the surplus managers, along with the consultants and hangers on, that will save thousands. Start spending the millions that are on deposit.

Ace B

Having visited both the King Edward hospital and PEH wards recently, I can comment that it would be much better to move the patients to another hospital. From what I have heard, many wards at the PEH would have a few spare beds that could take some of the patients. Caring homes may be able to accommodate the rest. I felt that the King Edward facilities were quite outdated, and the hospital would require a significant renovation, something the states will never agree too in the current situation.

Also worth bearing in mind that to my knowledge two wards (Kinnersly and Saward) were open last year, for at least part of the year (before Saward was closed) so those figures are for two wards.

Still, my visits still showed me that the facilities at KEVII were being used well by the patients there. For now, it should stay open, until they can upgrade it or move all the patients to other wards without inconvenience. Its the fault of the HSSD that they overspent their health budget, so I don't see why the elderly patients at KEVII should be made to pay for it.

bluemumof2

That is the problem Ace it is NOT being used well and certainly not managed properly. It has 44 beds and only 17 occupied at moment.For the last year or 2 it has not been full to capacity yet staff levels have stayed the same. Before Christmas they declared the amalgamation of the two wards. But it still has patients on both wards, and still using a ridicules amount of staff compared to other wards.