Nurses sought for hospitals in Axminster and Seaton

PUBLISHED: 06:30 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:05 18 February 2015

Axminster Hospital.

Axminster Hospital.


Around 450 people attended a meeting at the weekend to hear the latest situation regarding Axminster Hospital.

Steve Holt, of Axminster Hospital League of Friends and Dr James Vann, of Axminster Hospital Action Group, briefed visitors on the current situation with both the North Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

In a statement issued by Mr Holt and Dr Vann after the meeting, it said: “Following the temporary transfer of beds from Seaton to Axminster, a group from the Axminster League of Friends, the action group, Seaton League of Friends and the NDHT have been working together to look at how best we can attract nurses to work in Axminster and Seaton community hospitals.

“There is a core need to eradicate lone working, which means that there are at least two registered nurses on shift at any one time.

“The initial contact has been promising, but we are also aware of the recent press regarding the shortage of nurses in the area. However, we will not give up until we have seen for ourselves that, with a focused effort, we cannot get enough nurses.

“If you know of any nurses wanting to work in community hospitals... please direct them to the website

The next open day is at Axminster Hospital on Saturday, February 14, from 10am-3pm.

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