THE future of Pendle Community Hospital in Nelson is considered an important part of future health services in this area.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS East Lancashire Commissioners are working together to redesign rehabilitation services available to East Lancashire residents.
And both bodies recognise the value of Pendle Community Hospital as an NHS healthcare facility for the region.
They say there is still a significant amount of work to do in redesigning the complex arrangements that comprise rehabilitation services. However, all parties are committed to undertake this work carefully and with due regard to improving the health of patients.
The East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, led by local GPs, supports the redesign of rehabilitation services and is keen to commission a modern state of the art service that ensures high quality and effective clinical outcomes for patients.
A spokesman said: “It is anticipated this will also lead to a more consistent and integrated service in future for East Lancashire residents.
“We will jointly develop a vision to ensure Pendle Community Hospital continues to serve the needs of the local population.
“If the local health needs of the community could not be served utilising Pendle Community Hospital, then a public consultation would be undertaken.”