Fresh bid to bring back hospital beds to Axminster

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:51 09 February 2015

Axminster Hospital.

Axminster Hospital.


Moves to restore inpatient beds at Axminster Hospital are set to begin this week.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and the Axminster and Seaton Community Hospital Leagues of Friends have joined forces to recruit more nurses.

Last month, inpatient beds were temporarily transferred from Axminster to Seaton Hospital to address significant safety issues relating to lone-working registered nurses.

But, since then, the Trust has been working with the Leagues of Friends from both hospitals to come up with a recruitment action plan to safely provide 16 inpatient beds and two registered nurses per shift at both hospitals.

The first step in this plan will be to hold recruitment open days at the hospitals.

They will take place on Tuesday, February 10, at Seaton Hospital, Valley View, Scalwell Lane, from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, February 14, at Axminster Hospital, Chard Road, from 10am to 3pm.

Janet McKay, matron of Axminster and Seaton Hospitals, said: “The trust is looking for passionate and innovative nurses and healthcare assistants who want to deliver high standards of dignified care. We know how much local people value their community hospitals and it is fantastic to be working in a hospital that is so cherished.

“In particular, we know that there are nurses out there who perhaps have had a break from nursing and who are thinking about returning to practice. We’d like to talk to these people about the flexible working opportunities available and explain to them about the support we offer for nurses returning to work.”

At the open events, people will be able to meet representatives from the trust’s nursing teams and learn about the development opportunities the trust offers. At the Axminster event, there will also be the opportunity of an interview on the day, so people are advised to bring any supporting documentation if they would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

To register your interest in attending this recruitment event, please email: or visit

For an informal discussion about a nursing position, people should contact Janet McKay on 01297 630400.

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