28 July 2022

The Trustees of TWMH are delighted to report that the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (‘COCH’), has now entered into a lease for the building as planned – though the Trustees retain a Landlord’s Office close to the main Reception desk and front entrance.  Our small team work from this office and have a presence on site most week days.

An initial programme of works has been completed to a very high standard – these works better ready the building for use to support provision of COCH services:

  • Rapid Response Team enabling people to receive care and rehabilitation in their own homes.
  • REACT Hospital at Home Team enabling improved access to patients in crisis who might otherwise need to go to hospital to receive treatment in their home.
  • A number of Outpatient Clinics to include some consultant, diagnostic and therapy clinics normally run at COCH.

In addition, as historically, there are physiotherapy clinics and GP services operating from the site.

The COCH team are making progress towards service mobilisation and we anticipate their further announcements in early September 2022.

The TWMH charity trustee Board now has seven Trustees with a wide range of professional backgrounds, including people and culture; health and social care; legal and regulatory; commissioning of services; community engagement and fundraising.   Annual cash flow and expenditure are in balance.  The risk of insolvency so apparent in recent years ago has receded.  We aim to have completed and published our Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2022 by the end of October 2022 and we will make that available to all our stakeholders.

Our role as Trustees is to secure and promote the success of the charity.  With this in mind, we have reflected that whilst the Charity has more than 100 years of effective support for local people in relation to physical health, there may now be opportunities to find partners with whom to support local mental health initiatives.

We have therefore entered into a three-month period of further review (mid-July to mid-October 2022) during which we will listen and engage with our stakeholders to learn more about what you believe are the priorities for mental health and social care provision in Tarporley and the surrounding villages.

The Charity currently has seven wholly voluntary Trustees and two salaried employees.  In addition, we have retained Gil Martin, a local community engagement officer to help us re-connect with recent and historic volunteers, local organisations and businesses.  The Trustees are making themselves available to visit all the local Parish Council meetings and to provide updates.  And we are refreshing our fundraising activity and plans now that Covid’s very significant impact upon the way we live has largely passed.  If you are a part of a local organisation and are interested to learn more about us, we will happily come to talk with you.

We want to hear from you.  We are so grateful for all the financial support the charity has enjoyed in the past and we hope to continue to receive that support.  If you want to become involved; if you would like to organise; or understand more; or talk about a community event for the charity, please do get in touch:  fundraising@tarporleyhospital.co.uk or info@tarporleyhospital.co.uk  You can also phone us on 01829 732436.

We would also like to mention a huge ‘Thank you’ to Tarporley High School, whose students recently chose TWMH as one of two Charities of the Year for 2022, and to Portal Golf Club, who have also chosen TWMH as their Charity of the Year. We are extremely grateful for their support.

We will aim to update this message frequently, so please do bookmark us.

Your Trustees.

 

28 July 2022 

Posted on home page 4th April 2022.

We are pleased to report that the partnership with the Countess of Chester Hospital (COCH) NHS Trust, which started in January, is progressing well and we are delighted to see significant progress in their plans already.  Building development work commenced on 7th March on the upper floor, followed in late Spring by further developments on the ground floor.  We anticipate the new services to start rolling out by late summer.

A quick reminder of the new services to be offered from Tarporley War Memorial Hospital

The hospital will become a rural hub for the following:-

  • Rapid Response Team enabling people to receive care and rehabilitation in their own homes.
  • REACT Hospital at Home Team enabling improved access to patients in crisis who might otherwise need to go to hospital to receive treatment in their home.
  • A number of Outpatient Clinics to include some consultant, diagnostic and therapy clinics normally run at COCH.

Other services may be developed in the longer term.

What’s Happening Next

In the meantime, the Trustees have managed to maintain the physiotherapy service, and whilst Dr Campbell’s surgery and the ultra-sound clinics have been paused during building works, they did continue right up to 7th March.  In the next few months the Trustees will be developing the future funding strategy, specifically raising funds for special projects and equipment to enhance and complement the services funded by the NHS, and we have some exciting ideas for hospital based community activities, to support vulnerable and isolated groups across all groups of our society, as well as those using the NHS services. We will involve the community as much as we can in these developments to make sure we are matching our ideas to real needs.

We look forward to updating you further in the next few months.  If you have any questions in the meantime please email fundraising@tarporleyhospital.co.uk

 

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