"Too good to be true ??? (It was... but appallingly..."

About: Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases

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I feel very blessed to have spent three weeks as a patient at the “Min” where the staff consistently demonstrated tremendously impressive and immensely compassionate care.

Despite my confused and vulnerable condition I found the environment to be an extremely friendly safe and informative one that was perfectly suited to the very real needs that I had yet to recognise myself. Each and every member of staff I encountered proved to be supportive informed and encouraging. It seems truly miraculous that I felt completely at home there at a time when I felt entirely lost within my own self.

From my own experience and from feedback I have received from friends and family regarding my treatment at other NHS establishments, following the accident which led to my brain injury, there are no equivalent services offering comparable standards of excellence!!

To hear of its future closure is shocking and appalling. The only explanation I can find is in that the NHS is being deliberately undermined by forces ideologically opposed to its existence. If it is under funded and therefore unable to deliver appropriate services, the public will become frustrated and allow those in power to proceed with the privatisation of health services in this "democratic" country . We all need to wake up and take notice as the Lord Kitchener poster once proclaimed as a call to arms "Your country needs You!" This time the very real enemy is within!

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Response from Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases

Thank you for taking the time to write about the care and treatment you have received and your positive experiences of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. We understand your concerns regarding the closure of our Neuro-rehabilitation service. Commissioners at the South of England Specialised Commissioning Group (South West Team) and NHS B&NES and Wiltshire have been consulting on this change and have worked together to identify where services can be re-provided. As the smallest Foundation Trust in the country the Hospital is facing considerable challenges. For some years the Trust has been unable to maintain financial independence amidst changing patterns of commissioning and delivery of these services. This had a particular impact on our Neuro-rehabilitation service and our ability to ensure the clinical sustainability of that service in the longer term. The Board of the organisation are united and fully focused on steering the organisation through its current difficulties and resolving the underlying financial challenges. The priority is to establish a long term solution that addresses the needs of our patients who rely upon the specialist multidisciplinary treatment of long term conditions primarily in rheumatology, pain management and chronic fatigue. For further information please contact: Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Telephone: 01225 473424 Email: PALS@rnhrd.nhs.uk