Holsworthy hospital meeting

14:35 19 September 2012

Archant

THE health trust is to hold a meeting on Monday with Holsworthy councillors, doctors and others to discuss the future use of the town’s community hospital and services.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said it had arranged to meet key individuals and groups in the area to discuss a range of issues around local community services

Although the initial meeting is a private one, the trust says it is keen for community representatives to understand the challenges it faces with the need to save £60 million during the next five years.

It is exploring a range of options for community health services– including the hospitals in Ilfracombe, South Molton and Torrington – which could involve changes to the number of beds, the way those beds are used or more emphasis on caring for patients at home.

The trust has just completed a round of early discussions with staff, highlighting the challenges and outlining the range of options being explored.

“We are now keen to involve the wider community in these discussions,” said chief executive Jac Kelly.

“We continually review our services to ensure we use taxpayers’ money to best effect. We have many years of experience in flexing beds up and down in our community hospitals to meet demand as it arises.

“At a time when our income is likely to stay flat while demand and costs rise, we simply have to do things differently to make sure we continue to provide the levels of care that our communities need.”

The trust says no decisions have been or will be made until staff and the public have been ‘fully engaged’ on the detail of proposals.

0 comments

Other News Stories

13:00
Lydia, Jodie and Millie Cross have welcomed the news a meningitis vaccine will finally be introduced.

The Cross family, whose daughters were both hit by the disease, welcome the news a vaccine will soon be given to all babies in the UK.

Read more
12:50
Take part in our General Election survey.

We want to know YOUR views ahead of the General Election - take part in our survey here.

Read more
Volunteers and trustees from the NDCCCT handing over the cheque for £300,000.

Final cheque for £300,000 from North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust brings Chemo Appeal to its fundraising total.

Read more
Fire engines2

Three fire engines were called out to Hobbs Hill this morning (Tuesday).

Read more
11:00
Westward Ho!

Village parade will take place on Saturday in Westward Ho! with families asked to take part.

Read more
Katy Quick with two of the young girls she met in Palestine.

Science teacher Katy Quick spent a week visiting children in the West Bank and is now fundraising for Edukid.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:12
The loss of Zebedee has hit staff at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park hard.

Staff distraught as long term resident Zebedee dies aged 29

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14

Fire fighters called out to assist with unstable scaffolding on Arlington Hotel.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24

Developers seek to turn part of the pub into housing with new application

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35
Gale force winds are forecast for the festive week ahead.

Region can expect strong gusts in exposed and coastal areas through tonight (Monday) and tomorrow.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder