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Talking about community hospitals

​People from Teignmouth, Dawlish and the surrounding villages are being invited to join round-table talks on proposals for their local hospital, as part of the continuing consultation.

The meeting will be held at Teignmouth Community School on 24 February, and people attending will be invited to contribute their views on the proposed changes for services in the two hospitals.

The proposals by GP leads from the Coastal locality of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for organising health services in the area,  includes combining the two minor injuries units to create a top-class MIU at Dawlish, open 8am-8pm, with x-ray available seven days a week.

In the preferred option, Teignmouth would have 12 rehabilitation beds to complement the building’s gym and physio suite, along with outpatient clinics, day surgery and a community hub.

A second option is to relocate Dawlish and Teignmouth’s MIUs to Newton Abbot, with opening times of 8am-10pm.

Public events about the options have already been held in Teignmouth, Dawlish and Bishopsteignton.

At the next event, each table will have a commissioning manager or GP who can listen to people’s suggestions. Everyone’s comments will be recorded.

Jenny Turner, Coastal commissioning manager, said: “We’ve collected a lot of suggestions and concerns as part of our consultation so far, and we want to explore them in more depth.

“To achieve that, we have booked the biggest Teignmouth venue we can, Teignmouth Community School, which wasn’t available for our earlier meetings.

“The venue’s size will enable us to listen to more people’s suggestions. It will be a serious discussion and we want as many people as possible to air their views.

“So we are urging anyone who hasn’t been able to get along to any of our earlier meetings to come along and talk to us at the community school.”

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.

The public meeting will be at Teignmouth Community School, Exeter Road, on 24 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm.