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Teignmouth engagement: 30 April to 8 June 2018

Why is primary care looking to co-locate?

Teignmouth has three GP practices based in the town - Channel View, Teign Estuary Medical Group and Teignmouth Medical Group.

Each of them has limited space and each has already adapted their premises as much as possible. Having separately explored their options for coping with future demand and providing the modern facilities which support contemporary care, the practices have decided that the best way of doing this is to co-locate in a new, modern building. They successfully applied and secured some national funding to help with the capital cost of a new build.

As the population grows, more GPs, nurses and support staff will be needed in the town to provide health care. The needs of the population are also changing with more people living longer with long term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Any possible recruitment is constrained by the current lack of space to provide good quality clinical care in appropriate surroundings.

The three practices intend to maintain their independence but by bringing their Teignmouth surgeries together in one building they will be able to use their staff more effectively and provide better facilities for patients. This will provide a modern working environment to support the medical, nursing, and other clinical staff. Branch surgeries at Shaldon, Bishopsteignton and Chudleigh will continue to operate as they do now and are not affected by these co-location discussions.

The three practices are all actively involved in teaching medical students and doctors in training as well as undertaking research. By coming together in one building, the GPs believe they will be able to build on this, becoming a recognised training centre. This and being located together in a new purpose built centre will help efforts to retain and recruit staff.

Teignmouth GPs are supportive of co-locating with other services, such as the community nursing and health and wellbeing teams. They believe that their patients will benefit from the services that most people use being under the one roof.

The co-location of GP practices in a new purpose built building will help secure the future of primary care for the people of Teignmouth.​​​​