Haxby Hall elderly persons home plan hits buffers

Haxby Hall

The Haxby Hall home currently has a total capacity of 49 care beds. Within those 49 beds there is provision for approximately 35 residential care beds, eight beds for people living with dementia and up to six step down/short stay beds which are used interchangeably.

Services at the home are delivered by 51 staff (31.58 full time equivalents). When last inspected by the Care Quality Commission it was given a “good” rating 

It’s a year since the Council decided to pull out of Haxby Hall. The expectation was that a third party would take over the running of an enlarged, modernised home.

A feasibility study conducted in 2016 showed that a care home of up to 70 beds could be delivered on the site. One key issue for development was access to the site, which is constricted by the adjacent ambulance station. The plan for Haxby Hall was agreed by the Council on 7th December 2016.

A well attended supplier engagement event was held on 6 September 2017 to promote the opportunity and receive feedback on the proposal. Residents and their families were also consulted.

12 months later the proposal has been withdrawn from the Councils forward decision making programme. Difficulties in negotiating the new access are blamed for the project being shelved.

In January 2018 the then Director Martin Farren outlined the position

“The future of Haxby Hall is a key part of our Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme which looks to address the needs of York’s fast-growing older population by expanding and modernising care provision across the city.

“This report looks at options to safeguard the future of Haxby Hall older persons’ home and procure a provider who will deliver and operate improved, modern care facilities”.

The bids for the takeover were due to be received in September 2018. It was likely that residents would be decanted to other homes while work took place, with the new home scheduled to open in 2020.

No update has been given to any public meeting since then.

The latest delays follow problems at Oakhaven Elderly Persons home which has been empty for two years.

A facility scheduled to be provided at Burnholme is also understood to be delayed.

No detailed planning application has been submitted by the Council for the development of elderly persons facilities at the Lowfields site (although a, much more controversial, commercial housing development did get planning permission there a few months ago)

The Council is also pressing ahead with closing Windsor House which has specialised in providing support for those with dementia

All in all, we think that there is a need for some public reassurances about the timescales which now apply to the Councils Elderly Persons Strategy!

Burnholme Health & Wellbeing Campus Plans

Bunholme "hub" layout. click to enlarge

Bunholme “hub” layout. 

Members of City of York Council’s Executive will be asked to approve plans to progress the new Health and Wellbeing Campus at Burnholme at their meeting later this month (19 May).

The plans, which form an element of the Older Person’s Accommodation Programme, include:

  • a nursing and residential care home of at least 82 beds;
  • space for a relocated Explore Library Learning Centre;
  • nursery and out of school care for pre- and primary school age children;
  • meeting and activity spaces for community and voluntary sector groups and communities of interest;
  • space for rent by start-up enterprises and by small third sector organisations;
  • a wide spectrum of both formal and informal indoor sports and active leisure provision;
  • sports pitches and other outdoor activities;
  • accommodation for General Medical (GP) and community-based health services;
  • flexible training and meeting spaces for health service and lifestyle information provision;
  • complementary commercial offering e.g. pharmacy, community cafe etc; and
  • homes to rent and to buy.

Unfortunately no report has been produced updating Councillors on the future of the Lowfields site in Westfield. The site was the original location for improved facilities for older residents.

Future of Burnholme site

City of York Council is holding a public consultation about the future use of Burnholme Community College site on Saturday 15 March.

The drop in consultation event, which will be held onsite at the college, will take place between 11am and 3pm will offer an opportunity to meet with the project team and comment on the future use of the site.