Honiton Hospital set to lose its inpatient beds

PUBLISHED: 10:42 22 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:08 26 September 2016

Honiton hospital entrance. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4439-48-11TI

Honiton hospital entrance. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4439-48-11TI

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The shock news was revealed in a consultation document released by NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) this week.

Plans have been revealed that will see Honiton lose all of its inpatient beds.

The shock news was detailed in a consultation document released by NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) this week.

The document features four options for the future of services in the region – omitting Honiton entirely.

The preferred option would see the provision spread between Tiverton, Seaton and Exmouth, meaning Sidmouth could also lose all of its inpatient beds.

The CCG’s consultation document – entitled Your Future Care – sets out proposals to ‘improve your future care in NEW Devon by providing more care in people’s homes and avoiding hospital admissions where possible’.

The document says: “To achieve this we need to shift our resources and focus from hospital beds to the care surrounding our patients in their own homes.

“This consultation is therefore about how we decide the location of fewer community hospital inpatient beds in Eastern Devon whilst giving people the reassurance as to the improved care they can expect instead in their own homes.”

More than 80 doctors, nurses, therapists and social care professionals from across our health and social care system have worked together to develop the proposals.

A consultation will get underway on October 7 over four options of where as to where inpatient beds will be located in East Devon and Exeter.

The four options being considered are:

A) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Seaton and 16 beds in Exmouth.

B) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Sidmouth and 16 beds in Exmouth.

C) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 beds in Seaton and 16 beds in Whipton.

D) 32 beds in Tiverton, 24 in Sidmouth and 16 beds in Whipton.

The document added that Honiton did not appear in any of the shortlisted options because it ‘scored poorly on the travel time evaluation criteria’.

The cuts are intended to help plug a £400million deficit by 2020/21.

The CCG’s governing body will consider the proposals on Wednesday (September 28), when a decision will then be made on whether to begin a public consultation.

If agreed, the consultation will begin on October 7 and last for a minimum period of three months.

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