NHS care funding set to continue at Welwyn's Danesbury Home

PUBLISHED: 16:49 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

David Davis

David Davis

BED-RIDDEN patients who waited months to find out if the NHS will axe funding for their care, have been given the news they wished for. The Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has completed assessments of MS sufferers receiving rolling respite care at

BED-RIDDEN patients who waited months to find out if the NHS will axe funding for their care, have been given the news they wished for.

The Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has completed assessments of MS sufferers receiving rolling respite care at Danesbury Home in Welwyn.

It has been concluded, after various assessments and a campaign supported by the WHT, all patients currently receiving funding at the home can continue to do so.

MS sufferer David Davis, who has been receiving rolling respite care at the School Lane home since 2001, was happy about the news.

David, 73, of New Place, Welwyn, told the WHT: "We're obviously delighted that people who are already on the books at the moment are going to keep their existing entitlement to respite care.

"We're very grateful to the WHT in helping with this."

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps also welcomed the news.

He said: "I was very pleased to receive the outcome of the PCT's deliberations about respite care at Danesbury.

"I pay tribute to the hard work by the Friends of Danesbury and QVM who have worked tirelessly to help ensure the future of this important NHS facility.

"It's great to be able to welcome a successful outcome to a local health campaign."

A PCT spokeswoman confirmed they had taken the decision to honour the level of respite care currently provided to patients at Danesbury, fully health funded.

She said: "We know how valued Danesbury is to the people who use it and to the people associated with it.

"For new patients referred for respite care in the future, it will be offered as part of an overall care package for patients who meet the eligibility criteria for NHS continuing healthcare."

The assessments, in association with Hertfordshire Adult Care Services, looked at the health and social care needs of patients to determine whether they were eligible to receive NHS continuing healthcare.

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