Thamesbrook is a 56-bed nursing and residential home for elderly people, located in Dovehouse Street in Chelsea. Thamesbrook was temporarily closed in June 2014 following the discovery of intractable Legionella bacteria in the water system, which had led to an unacceptable reduction in care standards for residents at the home. Residents were safely transferred from Thamesbrook to be looked after in placements in other homes, which the majority of residents decided to make permanent.
Moving residents from their home is not something that the Council does lightly. It seemed prudent, given the difficulties with the layout of the building and the changing needs of older people, to consider its future whilst it was empty. So, in July 2014 the Council began a review of a wide selection of options for the long-term future of Thamesbrook.
A public consultation of the future of Thamesbrook was carried out from 5 December 2014 to 31 January 2015. Results of the public consultation were reported to the Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny committee on 9 March 2015 and to the Council's Cabinet on 16 July 2015.
On 16 July 2015 Cabinet agreed to the permanent closure of Thamesbrook and disposal of the site. This will enable plans to be brought forward for up to 100 new units of extra care housing for older people, either on the Thamesbrook site or on a large Council-owned site at Lots Road, or shared across both. Although the configuration is yet to be agreed, some of these homes will be for the private market, for which there is a strong local demand, and at least half will be at affordable rents.
This decision supports the aims of the Council’s 2013 Strategy for modernising older people's housing and accommodation with care services.