Crediton Community Well-being Hub: People aged 18-55 Report (July 2015)

Introduction

Healthwatch Devon, via the Engagement Gateway , was asked to gather the views of people aged 18 -55 about the proposed development of a Community Wellbeing Hub at the Crediton Community Hospital site. Through engagement work hearing the views of people, their perceived priority health and social care needs were identified.

This report presents the findings from activities carried out by Healthwatch Devon between June and July 2015. 179 people connected with Crediton participated in this engagement work.

From this we are able to identify the key messages for the future delivery of the hub to ensure it is relevant to, and valued by, local people.

Key Findings and Messages

A complete data set from the questionnaire and workshop engagement is presented in
Appendix 1. Here some key findings are outlined:

  • The GP was the most likely first option for local healthcare, as well as a key source of health information
  • Local papers i.e. The Crediton Courier were the main form of media usage
  • The Leisure centre and open spaces were the predominant locations for relaxation and leisure
  •  54% of respondents felt that their health was generally good
  • 70% of respondents have had to travel to Exeter for regular healthcare eg for A&E, and specialists at the RD&E Hospital.
  • 80% Are you easily able to access health services between 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • People wanted to see a range of specialist hospital services, mental health services,
    and Care for the elderly in a Crediton Hub

From these findings, Healthwatch Devon identified the following key messages regarding the development of the Community Wellbeing Hub.

Local Provision

Respondents were clearly in favour of a wider range of services and facilities within Crediton, rather than having to travel into Exeter.

Crediton Hospital

There was a lot of goodwill and affection for the Local Crediton hospital, and this sentiment was emphasised as the consultation was conducted at the time when beds number were being reviewed and reduced at the hospital.

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