Hospital beds to stay open amid consultation

The S.T.I.T.C.H group is fighting to oppose the bed closures at the hospital.

The S.T.I.T.C.H group is fighting to oppose the bed closures at the hospital. - Credit: Archant

The pilot period to close inpatient beds at Torrington Hospital is put on hold while further consultation takes place.

A PILOT period to close the inpatient beds in Torrington Hospital has been put on hold.

The proposed closures were due to start yesterday (Sunday) with patients being cared for at home.

But the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced it will re-open the beds while it continues discussions with local residents.

As well as a public meeting on September 12 at The Plough at 6pm, a second meeting will now be held on September 14 at The Plough at 10am. The date and time for a third meeting is also being finalised.

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Kate Lyons, NDHT’s director of operations, said: “We are committed to continuing the frank and open dialogue with the local community and actively encourage people to attend either a drop-in session or one of the upcoming public meetings.

“We want you to tell us your thoughts about how your local community hospital could be best used in the future.”

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A spokesman for Save Torrington’s Irreplaceable Cottage Hospital (S.T.I.T.C.H) said the group understood a final decision on the closures may not be expected until the new year.

S.T.I.T.C.H is urging all residents to email their views to where they will be passed onto NDHT confidentially.

Cllr Margaret Brown, chairman of the group, said: “I applaud the members of the trust for being willing to listen to the concerns of Torrington and district residents.

“The group looks forward to working with the trust to find a solution acceptable to all.”

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