STRUCTURE: NHS Surrey is assessing the wider impact of the closure of Beeches Bungalow, a respite service in Reigate, by leading discussions with agencies and families that have challenged the decision.

Beeches’ offers day care and overnight stays for children with complex health and learning disabilities, but a review in April last year found the bungalow to have a 60 per cent occupancy rate.

The board papers state of the original decision: “Its closure would enable re-investment in, and further enhancement of, community-based services. This would make more cost effective use of NHS resources and benefit more families.”

But following consideration of the role Beeches plays in providing care for children, the report concludes with a call for a “strategic review leading to improved services, better health and wellbeing, and greater value for money – consistent with the intention behind the original decision.”