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Running cost puts disabled respite centres in Chichester and Horsham at risk
1:30pm Monday 8th July 2013 in News
Two respite centres for families of disabled children are under threat.
Holly Lodge in Horsham and the Cherries in Chichester provide care and support for children and young people with complex needs.
The NHS in West Sussex said the centres cannot be kept as they are because of the cost of running and maintaining them and problems with recruiting staff and have launched a consultation on their future.
It also says fewer people are using the service because a growing number of parents prefer to have respite care provided in their homes The consultation is being run by the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that organise and pay for the service.
The two options being considered are: l Close Holly Lodge and the Cherries and provide more specialist nursing support across a wider range of settings including council-run social care units.
l Identify alternative providers or partners who can offer new and innovative ways of using and staffing Holly Lodge and the Cherries so services can be maintained.
Whatever decision is reached, overnight short breaks will continue to be available to all children and families who need them, but may be provided at a different unit.
The consultation ends on October 4 and details can be found at shortbreaks.westsussex.nhs.uk/.
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