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Beds return to Bovey Tracey

​Bovey Tracey Hospital will be open as normal once again from this weekend.

Nine beds will return to the hospital after temporarily being moved to Newton Abbot as part of measures to relieve extreme pressure on services at Torbay Hospital and across the community.

In line with a promise to reopen the beds by the end of the month, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust will be admitting patients to Bovey Tracey from Friday onwards.

Dr Adam Morris, medical director at the Trust, said: “It was a huge help to have the beds concentrated at Newton Abbot Hospital at the peak of the demand, because it allowed us to make the best possible use of our staff in looking after as many patients as we could.

"By moving the nine beds, we could open a further five at Newton Abbot. This extra capacity proved key in de-escalating the pressures across the system.

“We have had large numbers of frail, older people on the wards, as well as patients needing more rehabilitation before they are able to go home. Newton Abbot is ideal for this, as it allows both groups of patients to get the care they need.”

Torbay Hospital continues to be stretched. Of the 1,296 people attending A&E last week, 484 were admitted. Community hospitals are also busy, but overall pressures have eased as the month has progressed.

The return of the nine beds to Bovey Tracey means the extra five at Newton Abbot will also close again. 

South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, which organises healthcare across the area, welcomed the return of the beds.

Simon Tapley, director of commissioning, said: “We did apologise to patients and local people for the very short notice we gave of this move, but it was an urgent measure and it proved to be the right one.

"We are pleased to see that the beds will once again be open at Bovey Tracey Hospital, in line with the undertakings given that they would move back by the end of the month.”