NO decision has been taken on the future of Loane House in Dungannon, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has told the Tyrone Times.
Twelve beds at the facility, which provides assessment and rehabilitation services for older people, were closed temporarily over the summer months, but have now reopened.
The issue of the beds closure was highlighted in an Assembly question by the DUP’s Lord Maurice Morrow, who also asked for clarification on the future of Loane House.
A spokeswoman for the Trust explained the beds were closed due to a “downturn in demand” over the summer period.
The Trust spokeswoman continued: ““We are currently exploring options for an improved model of service delivery. When these options for service delivery are ready to be discussed, we will engage with the wider community and local political representatives.
“There has been no decision taken regarding the future of Loane House however, when proposed options and changes for service delivery are complete, this will be subject to a full and meaningful public consultation before any final decisions are taken.”
The enhancement of existing community services and development of new services to provide care in a responsive manner and over seven days will facilitate early hospital discharge and prevent unnecessary hospital admission therefore reducing the number of inpatient hospital beds required, the Trust spokeswoman added.