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Consultation on community and hospital services

​People in Dawlish and Teignmouth are being asked for their views on two options for community and hospital services - and the consultation document is here.

Local doctors have organised a 12-week public consultation, starting on 1 December, to discuss services at both the community hospitals, including the minor injuries units, rehabilitation, medical beds, outpatient clinics, and urgent care outside normal hours.

The consultation is being organised by GPs from the Coastal locality of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for organising health services in the area.

GPs said they want to keep as many services locally as possible, at a time when the NHS is having to make savings nationally and across Devon, so it can reinvest the money to meet rising demand.

The GPs, working with the League of Friends and patients’ representatives, have been looking at ways to reduce duplication, improve quality and deliver services that will meet people’s needs for years to come.

Dr Paul Raby, a GP at Channel View Surgery in Teignmouth and a CCG locality lead, said: “The fact is, services cannot stay as they are. As ever-growing numbers of people live to a greater age, they have more complex healthcare needs – but funds for such care aren’t rising in line with this increasing need.

“Obviously we are absolutely committed to keeping both the local hospitals, because they provide an important service, but this will be difficult for us in the future unless we do things differently now.

“To keep Teignmouth and Dawlish community hospitals, we need to avoid the doubling-up of services and make sure we make the most each site’s strengths.”

Three consultation events have been organised to give people the chance to share their views. They will be at The Strand in Dawlish (14 January, 1pm-3pm), the Alice Cross Centre in Teignmouth (15 January, 6pm-8pm), and Bishopsteignton Village Hall (22 January, 1pm-3pm).

Dr Matthew Fox, a GP at Barton Surgery in Dawlish and a CCG locality lead, will explain the proposals at the engagement events, along with Dr Raby.

He said: “Our preferred option is to create an urgent care centre at Dawlish, with medical beds, minor injuries unit and out-of-hours GP services – making the most of its modern, purpose-built facilities, which were designed for this sort of care.

“This will give the people of Teignmouth and Dawlish access to minor injury services, including x-ray, seven days a week, 12 hours a day – much more than now.

“We would like to add to the wonderful physio gym and theatre that Teignmouth hospital has, creating a planned care and excellent rehab centre there, complete with rehab beds, along with a community hub.

“We believe that this will actually provide better care and more sustainable care for the people in our area.”

The CCG is keen to talk to local organisations about the proposals, so any local groups wanting the CCG to come to talk to them about these ideas are invited to contact Laura Jenkins on 01803 652556.

The proposals will be available in detail at GP practices, Dawlish and Teignmouth hospitals, and online at southdevonandtorbayccg.nhs.uk and healthwatchdevon.co.uk, or by calling South Devon and Torbay CCG on the above number.

To take account of Christmas and New Year, the consultation will close on 8 March.

The consultation document and questionnaire are here.