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Torquay area

Torquay locality has a more urban and younger population than other areas of the CCG, serving a registered population of around 72,300. The population is mixed and similar to the England average in terms of age profile. However, large parts of the locality are among the 10 percent most deprived in the country and employment is low, with a lot of the job opportunities coming from the seasonal tourism industry. Also, there is an elderly population, with a large number in care homes.

There are eight GP practices in Torquay, all of which are member practices of South Devon and Torbay CCG, and there is an acute hospital, Torbay Hospital, which serves the people of South Devon and Torbay.

Torquay locality is working to provide additional support to manage the 2 percent most vulnerable patients at risk of unplanned admissions. It is doing this by joining up primary and community services with the acute hospital and ambulance service. The locality teams is also looking to develop support for the large number of care homes and improving quality of care for their patients.

In line with all of the CCG’s localities, as a result of feedback received at a number of public community engagement events in the winter of 2013, the Torquay locality team is developing its community services – including GP services, community nursing, physiotherapy, social care services, and services for carers.

There is also a Torquay locality Facebook group, where local issues, events and topics are highlighted to the public: Torquay.