Hospital future under discussion at special Barnstaple Town Council meeting

PUBLISHED: 15:08 13 March 2017

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust chief executive Alison Diamond will be attending the meeting at Barnstaple Guildhall on March 28.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust chief executive Alison Diamond will be attending the meeting at Barnstaple Guildhall on March 28.

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Chief executive to answer questions during public meeting at the guildhall.

Members of the public will be given the chance to ask more questions about the future of hospital services in North Devon at a special Barnstaple Town Council meeting on Tuesday, March 28.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust chief executive Alison Diamond will be attending the meeting at the guildhall, from 7pm.

Mayor Julie Hunt said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to give the community an opportunity in an open forum for the community to express their views and influence the future of our health services.

“People locally have expressed very deep concerns to me about what might change at North Devon District Hospital in particular, and I am very keen that they have the chance to let health bosses know how they feel.”

The meeting will consider the Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), with particular focus on acute services currently under review, such as accident and emergency; stroke; and maternity.

Town clerk Will Austin also welcomed the meeting but warned that capacity at the guildhall was limited.

“The guildhall has a limited capacity of about 140 so I would urge any groups wanting to come to nominate representatives,” he said.

“This will help avoid disappointment and make sure individual residents also have the chance to come along.

“As there are other public meetings around the area, I’d like to see Barnstaple residents at the forefront of proceedings.”

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