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CCG consults on closing four hospitals

NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG are consulting on closing four local hospitals in order to increase 'community-based care'.

The proposals, aim to swap 'resources from bed-based hospital care to community-based care' by reducing the number of hospital beds, and therefore closing Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Paignton hospitals.

The CCG says that that this will allow 'investment in community-based services including community nurses, physiotherapists occupational therapists and social care staff to support people in their own homes.'

According to the original proposal  published in April, this would allow them to invest £3.9m in community services, with proposals including creating a locality clinical hub for each of the four localities involved, creating health and well-being centres and providing intermediate care in people’s homes.

The public consultation will run from 1 September to 23 November.

Readers' comments (5)

  • And then slowly but surely that £3.9 million will be cut back

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  • This feels wrong on so many levels.......

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  • We have fewer beds than our Western European neighbours. Partly contributes to the chaos in emergency departments across the country

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  • real shame if this were to happen. I remember that when I worked for devon docs, many patients were transferred out of the acutes into the community hospitals. we would go out to tend to the patients in the community hospitals, when I was working out of hours and they would be covered by the local GP's during the day. It was a very efficient system. It would be a shame to lose this infrastructure.

    - anonymous salaried!

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  • The oldest hospital in Medway - St Bart's- was closed without consultation with local GPs who got the info from the local weekend paper. Do we need to further discuss engagement of GPs by the 'gone native' CCG members?

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