Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Community hospitals in East Devon: consultation on NHS proposals begins

Voices have been raised in concern about how the proposed TTIP agreement might affect the NHS:
TTIP: UK Government Not Trusted to Protect NHS from American Investors
Cameron To Nail 'Myths' About Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership (TTIP) Leading To NHS Privatisation
New EU deal hands British sovereignty to multinationals - Claire Wright
Futures Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Transition Town movement

Meanwhile, there have been concerns about how the proposals for the NHS will affect Devon:
Warning NHS could lose out as community contracts awarded | Western Morning News
Shock over NHS plans to close beds in community hospitals | Western Morning News
NHS Devon | Western Morning News

There has certainly been shock in Ottery over plans:
OTTERY ST MARY: Councillors call for clarity over hospital bed plans Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital chief executive welcomes proposals to close community hospital beds | Exeter Express and Echo
Proposals are a ‘real threat’ to Ottery hospital - News - Sidmouth Herald
NHS announcement: Ottery Hospital set to lose all beds and minor injuries unit - Claire Wright
Meanwhile, Sidmouth will gain some, lose some:
SIDMOUTH: Hospital proposals expected this week - View from Sidmouth

Sidmouth to gain inpatient beds but lose injuries unit

Sidmouth Victoria Hospital, pictured undergoing work in June. Photo by Simon Horn.

Stephen Sumner Monday, September 22, 2014

Sidmouth Victoria Hospital will gain more inpatient beds but lose its minor injuries unit (MIU) if NHS bosses’ proposals are approved.

Long-awaited plans set out by the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) detail a ‘consolidation’ of its 174 beds on to fewer sites that will see Ottery lose out.

No hospitals are due to shut as the CCG frees up funds for the increasing demand on its services and moves its focus towards care in the community.

Sidmouth will have new flexibility to expand provision to cope with seasonal pressures on inpatients beds, as will Honiton and Seaton.

But with the loss of five of the CCG’s six MIUs, GP surgeries will have to pick up the slack, or patients will have to travel to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Town councillor Christine Drew said: “I don’t know how they will cope – it will be a shame to lose [Sidmouth’s MIU].” She added that while it may be more economical to centralise treatment, the CCG will have to pay more to train the increased number of carers needed to treat people in their own homes.

With MIUs closing, the newly vacant spaces could be occupied by the voluntary sector, social care providers or commercial organisations that add value – offering anything from hairdressers and cinemas to shops and meeting spaces.

Reacting to the news in Ottery, town councillor Elli Pang said the proposed changes represented a ‘very real threat’ to the future of its hospital.

Crediton and Axminster will also lose their inpatient beds.

And more could be lost once the CCG is ‘confident’ that community services can care for patients in their own homes.

The health authority is already working with the community to develop ‘health and wellbeing hubs’ that deliver health and social care without offering beds to inpatients, as has happened in Budleigh Salterton.

The CCG has started a 12-week consultation on the proposals and doctors and commissioning managers will be meeting with patients at Stowford Community Centre at 6pm, on Tuesday, November 11.

The proposals will also be debated by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council.

Sidmouth to gain inpatient beds but lose injuries unit - News - Sidmouth Herald

The consultation timetable is as follows:

Bed cuts to community hospitals - consultation events in East Devon

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 0 Comments by Claire

Here are the consultation events in East Devon, relating to the proposals for bed losses in community hospitals.

Seaton—Tuesday 23 September 2014
Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD
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Honiton—Wednesday 15 October 2014
Mackarness Hall, High Street, Honiton EX14 1PG
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Axminster—Tuesday 21 October 2014
Axminster Guildhall, West Street, Axminster EX13 5NX
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Ottery St Mary—Thursday 6 November 2014
Ottery St Mary Football Club, Butts Road, Ottery St Mary EX11 1EL
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Sidmouth—Tuesday 11 November 2014
Stowford Community Centre, Chambers Close, Sidmouth EX10 9YL

If you would like to find out more about these events, please contact Christy Thurlow on 01392 356117 Booking is not essential, but is helpful for planning.

Newton Poppleford—Tuesday 23 September 2014 (10.00am-12.00pm)
Pavilion Centre, Back Lane, Newton Poppleford EX10 0BX
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Dunkeswell—Wednesday 24 September 2014 (10.00am-12.00pm)
Dunkeswell Village Hall, Dunkeswell, EX14 4QZ
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Feniton—Tuesday 30 September 2014 (10.00am-12.00pm)
Feniton Sport and Social Club, Station Road, Feniton EX14 3DF
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Colyton—Tuesday 14 October 2014 (2.00pm-4.00pm)
Colyton Town Hall, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
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Kilmington—Wednesday 15 October 2014 (2.00pm-4.00pm)
Kilmington Cricket Pavilion, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF

Branscombe—Tuesday 11 November2014 (2.00pm-4.00pm)
Branscombe Village Hall, Branscombe EX12 3DB
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Sidbury—Wednesday 12 November 2014 (10.00am-12.00pm)
Sidbury Village Hall, Fore Street, Sidbury EX10 0SD

If you would like to find out more about these events or to book a place, please contact Christy Thurlow on 01392 356117 or Christy.thurlow@nhs.net

Bed cuts to community hospitals - consultation events in East Devon - Claire Wright

A very interesting discussion on what community hospitals should be providing - and how - at:
Health scrutiny committee requests financial case for community hospital bed losses - Claire Wright .

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