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To: Gloucestershire County Council

Save Southfields and Wyatt House

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Save Southfields and Wyatt House

Scrap the plans to close Southfield and Wyatt House nursing homes in Stroud, Gloucestershire

Why is this important?

The proposed closure of Southfield and Wyatt house nursing homes means uprooting 56 elderly and vulnerable adults, many of whom have dementia, and moving them to whatever vacancies are available in nursing homes in Gloucestershire.

It also means a reduction of nursing home beds for older adults in Stroud by 64.

The county council’s cabinet will determine whether to close the two care homes at a meeting on July 24, so we don't have long. If the plans go ahead residents will be forced to move out by Christmas.

Closing two of the town’s care homes at the same time means it will lose over 60 rooms and will likely lead to more people being housed further afield and further from loved ones.

Stroud, Stroud

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Reasons for signing

  • I’m employed by one of the homes and know the impact it will have on residents
  • I work at Wyatt house and I am signing for the residents who quite simply will not cope with this change. They don't need or want a modern home. They want us. We are the familiar face we are their safe place.
  • It's the only specialised unit for dementia in wyatt care home and both are well needed.

Updates

2019-07-23 18:42:30 +0100

The petition has amassed 2627 signatures and will be delivered to Gloucestershire County Council tomorrow -24th July- at the cabinet meeting where the future of Wyatt and Southfields will be decided. Update from meeting will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for all your support

2019-06-29 09:33:56 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-28 18:15:45 +0100

GCC have said in a statement that the closures are due to a lack of demand and the buildings are no longer fit for purpose.

Undoubtedly both homes need refurbishment to bring them up to modern requirements but the need for 24 hour nursing home accommodation, especially specialist dementia care is not going to disappear or be solved by closure and replacing with home care. The closure of 64 beds and relocation of 56 residents is going to reduce bed capacity across the district and put huge pressures on home care and unpaid family carers.

The proposal from GCC seems very flawed and shortsighted with no apparent evidence to support their claims. Transparency and a much more detailed strategy of managing both short and long term care is urgently required from GCC before making cuts that will cause great distress to current residents and their families.

2019-06-28 15:46:33 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-06-27 08:03:40 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-06-26 22:23:43 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-06-26 21:50:31 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-06-26 21:06:47 +0100

10 signatures reached