Modernising healthcare services in Teignmouth & Dawlish
People in Teignmouth and Dawlish are being urged to have their say about the shape of future health and care services, once a new £8million Health and Wellbeing Centre is built in the heart of Teignmouth.
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) is planning to build the state-of-the-art new health facility so that GP services, health and care and voluntary sector services can be brought together under one roof in the centre of town, providing seamless care for patients and carers.
From 1 September, Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is launching an eight-week consultation on siting some community clinics and outpatient services at the centre, with others at Dawlish Community Hospital. No clinics currently provided in Teignmouth and Dawlish would be stopped.
The CCG’s proposal involves moving the most-frequently used community clinics – podiatry, physiotherapy and audiology – from Teignmouth Community Hospital into the new centre, along with consultant-led ear nose and throat clinics. These make up 73 percent of all outpatient appointments at the hospital.
It suggests that all other clinics and day case procedures move to Dawlish Community Hospital, which has space for them in its more modern surroundings.
Safeguarding the future of GP care
Teignmouth’s biggest GP Practice, Channel View Medical Group, will move in to the Health and Wellbeing Centre, saying it will help them attract new doctors and nurses – something that has recently been difficult.
Dr Carlie Karakusevic, a partner at Channel View, said: “The new centre would play a key role in safeguarding the future of GP care in Teignmouth. And we can see real benefits to patient care, as services are in one place and staff from different organisations and different disciplines can work together as one team to provide properly joined-up care for local people.”
Community health and care
Over the past two years, the TSDFT has invested in its community health and care teams, who now care for four times as many people as they would be able to in 12 beds at Teignmouth Community Hospital.
The CCG is also proposing, therefore, to reverse an earlier decision to have 12 rehabilitation beds at Teignmouth Community Hospital, saying that even with a second wave of COVID-19 the beds would not be needed.
If the proposal is approved, it would mean Teignmouth Community Hospital would no longer be needed for NHS services and would be likely to be sold by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, with the proceeds reinvested in the local NHS.
Listening to people’s views
Dr Paul Johnson, clinical chair of the CCG says in his introduction to the consultation: “We believe our proposals are well thought through. However, for the eight weeks of the consultation we will be listening carefully to your insights, views and ideas. So it is now over to you.”
Because COVID-19 is still present in the community, the consultation will take a different form. The consultation document is being delivered to every home in the Teignmouth, Dawlish, Shaldon and Bishopsteignton areas.
To avoid the risk associated with public meetings and to save people travelling, live meetings will be held online, with the opportunity for people to ask questions and air their views in real time.
These meetings are on:
|Friday 11 September||2:30pm – 4pm|
|Thursday 17 September||10:30am – 12noon|
|Wednesday 23 September||6pm – 7:30pm|
|Tuesday 29 September||3pm – 4:30pm|
|Monday 5 October||11.30am – 1pm|
|Saturday 17 October||11am –12:30pm|
Receive regular updates or attend a meeting
To register as an interested stakeholder and receive regular updates, express an interest in attending an online meeting or to invite the CCG to meet remotely with your community group to discuss the proposal, please click here.
The consultation is being overseen by the independent local health and social care consumer champion Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, who will collate and analyse the feedback received and report on the community’s responses.