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New hope for Cranmer House in Fakenham?

Cranmer House in Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

Cranmer House in Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2016

Campaigners hope to have won a stay of execution in the battle to save a much-loved care home.

There were fears that beds at Cranmer House, in Fakenham, could be replaced with a mobile team of carers looking after patients in their own homes.

But the main users of the centre, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, now say they plan no immediate changes.

Norfolk County Council said its adult social services committee had asked officers to work closely with Norse Care to find “more innovative ways to use the facility in the future”.

A statement added: “This means that NCC will continue to book short term respite care at Cranmer House where it is the choice of service users in 16 social care beds, and use the four planning beds where people are being discharged from hospital or waiting to move into residential care elsewhere. The 13 beds funded by the West Norfolk and North Norfolk CCGs and serviced by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust will continue to be used for intermediate care and rehabilitation.”

North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “NHS North Norfolk CCG notes the recent statement from Norfolk County Council that it plans no immediate change to the way it uses Cranmer House.

No decision has been made regarding how NHS North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group uses Cranmer House. The CCG will continue to talk with the hospital friends, local people and clinicians about its proposals for a supported care service in North Norfolk.”

Gilly Foortse, chair of the Friends of Cranmer House, said: “We’re happy that we seem to have got a stay of execution for the time being. It seems as if there has been a change of plan over the six months that they have been looking at the use of Cranmer House. We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us, the community, the staff, the district and town councillors.”

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