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Consultation extended to 22 March

People in the areas of Teignmouth and Dawlish will have a further two weeks to consider plans for reshaping hospital and community services for the future.

Consultation about the services was due to finish on 8 March but Coastal locality GP leads of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for organising health services in the area, have announced that the consultation will now be extended to 22 March.

This is because additional information has been provided (here) in response to questions asked about the town’s community services, and the CCG wants to make sure that everyone has four full weeks rather than two to read and consider all the facts.

Dr Matthew Fox, South Devon and Torbay CCG joint clinical lead for the Coastal locality, said: “We have been listening to what people have asked us and we have answered their questions as quickly as possible.

“We now want to make sure that everybody has ample time to look at the extra information and consider it when commenting on the proposals.

“We are making this information as widely available as possible, putting it on the CCG’s website, Healthwatch Devon’s website, and on social media."

The proposals include combining the two minor injuries units at Teignmouth and Dawlish hospitals to create a top-class MIU for the locality at Dawlish, open 8am-8pm, with x-ray available seven days a week.

In their preferred option, Teignmouth would have 12 specialist rehabilitation beds to complement the building’s gym and physio suite, along with outpatient clinics, day surgery and a community hub for support and information. A second option is to relocate Dawlish and Teignmouth’s MIUs to Newton Abbot, with opening times of 8am-10pm.

Dr Paul Raby, South Devon and Torbay CCG joint clinical lead for the Coastal locality, said: “We have a great chance here. We can create services that we are all really proud of and that serve the needs of our population.

“We can join together to create a health system that will be future-proof, that will be sustainable for today and tomorrow, and we want the people of the Teignmouth and Dawlish areas to help with that.”

Clinical commissioning GPs have said that services cannot not remain as they are because the NHS needs to be ready for a surge in demand on services as the number of older people rises and the budget does not keep pace.

They have also said that the doubling-up of services in Dawlish and Teignmouth isn’t the most effective way of providing services, and there is now an opportunity for both hospitals to play to their strengths.