Have your say on future of health srevices in Torrington

THE way forward for health services in the Torrington area is the subject of a public drop-in morning in the town on Saturday, August 8. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is holding the event to find out what is important to residents when it comes to futur

THE way forward for health services in the Torrington area is the subject of a public drop-in morning in the town on Saturday, August 8.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is holding the event to find out what is important to residents when it comes to future health and social care in the district. The session will run from 10am to 12 noon at the Plough Arts Centre. All are welcome to attend and give their views.

The trust, which provides services such as inpatient and outpatient care, physiotherapy and community nursing in Torrington, wants to find the best way to continue to deliver these local resources in a modern and enhanced way.

Jac Kelly, Chief Executive the Trust, said: "Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is committed to securing and extending future NHS services in Torrington and the surrounding area.


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"We recognise the outstanding commitment, skill and expertise of our staff in Torrington and we know from patient feedback that they are also highly valued by residents.

"Our aim is to explore how these dedicated professionals can best be supported to continue to deliver excellent healthcare locally. We hope that as many people as possible will get involved in these discussions."

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Following an earlier meeting, a trust spokesman said it was clear everyone wanted a base for community hospital and nursing services to remain in the town. They told the Gazette the trust "was heartened" by the strength of feeing the community had towards its hospital.

The current hospital building is more than 150 years old.

The open morning on August 8 is part of a wider discussion which will involve meetings with GPs, other health and social care workers, charities and voluntary groups.

As well as coming along to the drop-in session, people can add their thoughts with a questionnaire which will appear in Torrington's news magazine, The Crier, next month. There is also a discussion board on the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust website, http://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/torrington/way-forward-for-torrington/.

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