Hutt Valley DHB ready for residents should Wesleyhaven close
There are enough spare beds to accommodate residents should the proposed closure of Lower Hutt's Wesleyhaven Village go ahead, the Hutt Valley District Health Board says.
Chief executive Ashley Bloomfield said there were 75 beds available at aged care facilities in Lower Hutt and the health board was confident there was enough capacity to care for the 59 residents at Wesleyhaven should it close.
"There are enough residential and hospital-level residential aged care beds in the community to rehouse the residents of Wesleyhaven," he said.
"The DHB would work closely with Wesleyhaven and the Needs Assessment and Coordination Service to place current residents in other suitable facilities."
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The health board would be in contact with Wesleyhaven regarding the proposal.
"Wesleyhaven has been an excellent provider for decades in the Hutt Valley, and has helped support some of our most vulnerable people," Bloomfield said.
"We will be working closely with Wesleyhaven over the coming months to help ensure a range of options can be considered to inform a decision about its future."
While the availability of accommodation might put residents and their families at ease, the fate of Wesleyhaven's 79 staff still hangs in the balance.
New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) industrial adviser David Wait said the organisation would be working with Wesleyhaven to gain the "best support possible" for members into nursing positions elsewhere if that proves necessary.
E tu Union, which represents many of the staff at Wesleyhaven, has been approached for comment.
- Hutt News