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NHS publishes public feedback report

​T​he Teignmouth engagement feedback report can be viewed here​​​

Many people support the idea of a new health and wellbeing centre in Teignmouth which would bring together GPs, other health services and representation from the voluntary sector.

That is according to the findings of a report about the six-week engagement undertaken by the NHS earlier this year (30 April to 8 June), asking for views on ideas designed to ensure health services can meet future needs.

People expressed differing views about where any centre should be, but most of those who responded to the survey stressed the importance of a centre being accessible by foot, public transport and car. They also felt it should be central to Teignmouth and fit in with the local environment.

The feedback report summarises the range of views received during the six-week engagement, which was led by South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and supported by local GPs, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Volunteering in Health.

Representatives of the Coastal Engagement Group – which included patient participation groups, the voluntary sector, Teignmouth Hospital League of Friends and the town council – worked with the CCG and the Trust to ensure that the report is a fair and accurate reflection of what people said.

The report is published on the CCG’s website, here​. There are also all responses to the feedback questionnaire, as well as summaries of what people told the NHS in letters, meetings and in other forms of communication.

Although people support the idea of a new health and wellbeing centre, there is strong support for retaining theatre and outpatient clinics in Teignmouth, as reflected in a petition submitted by the local Labour Party as part of the engagement.

The CCG has said it is committed to consulting on reversing its 2014/15 decision to establish 12 rehabilitation beds at Teignmouth Hospital, which have not been needed in recent years. If it is decided to propose a move of theatre and outpatient clinics out of Teignmouth, then consultation on these issues would also be undertaken by the CCG.

Teignmouth’s three GP practices would consult with their patients about co-locating on a new site in Teignmouth.

Teignbridge District Council said last week that a health and wellbeing centre could be included in their planned development of Brunswick Street.

Health and wellbeing centres are a cornerstone in providing integrated services for local people, supporting them to be independent and at home wherever possible.

Co-locating would enable GPs and health professionals to work together with the voluntary sector in one location, supporting integrated care.

Brunswick Street was also suggested as a location by more than 100 people in the NHS’s six-week engagement, and it is now one of the options under consideration by the three GP practices, the Trust and the CCG.