Teignmouth & Dawlish consultation – have your say from the comfort & safety of your own home
People who want to have their say on an NHS proposal for future health services in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area can join the consultation debate from the comfort and safety of their own home.
With COVID-19 still present in our communities, the NHS is providing local people with many different ways to share their views and find out more about its proposal.
Between 1 September and 26 October 2020, Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking people to consider its proposal for local services in Teignmouth and Dawlish, given that a new £8million Health and Wellbeing Centre is due to be built in the heart of Teignmouth.
Tens of thousands of people across Teignmouth, Dawlish and the rest of South Devon and Torbay have received information in the post about the consultation and the NHS is keen to listen to what local people have to say.
Here’s how you can get involved and share your views:
Read the consultation document – it has been sent to households across Teignmouth and Dawlish and is available online*
Attend an online public meeting to share your views and ask questions of our panel – joining is easy and the next meetings take place on:
Wednesday 23 September, 6pm-7.30pm
Tuesday 29 September, pm-4.30pm
Monday 5 October, 11.30am-1pm
Saturday 17 October, 11am-12.30pm
(recordings of previous meetings are also available online)
Fill in the feedback survey online or in the consultation document
Request that we attend your community meeting to present the proposal and gather feedback
Website – go to www.devonccg.nhs.uk/teignmouth-and-dawlish for full details and supporting information
Call 0800 0520 029 for free Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, with queries or to ask to speak to someone from the NHS. You can also phone to request copies of the consultation document and survey to be sent to them.
Dr Paul Johnson, clinical chair of Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “There are so many ways that people can have their say while remaining safe.
“Why not join an online public meeting from the comfort of your own home and ask questions of a panel of local doctors and NHS managers? Topics at recent online public meetings have included mental health, parking and the impact of COVID-19.
“You can read up on our proposal in the consultation document or on our website before completing the feedback survey, either in paper form or online. And if you want us to pay your community group a virtual visit to explain the proposal and gather feedback, just get in touch!”
Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are the independent patient champions for health and social care. We will be scrutinising the consultation process and will receive, evaluate and report on all feedback received.
Devon CCG is asking people to consider its proposal for moving services from Teignmouth Community Hospital, given that a new £8million Health and Wellbeing Centre is due to be built in the heart of Teignmouth. The centre will bring GP services, community health and care and voluntary sector services together under one roof in the centre of town, meaning that care can be much more easily coordinated for each patient. Teignmouth’s biggest GP Practice, Channel View Medical Group, will move into the Health and Wellbeing Centre, saying it will help them attract new doctors and nurses – something that has recently been difficult.
The CCG is proposing to move the most highly-used community clinics – podiatry, physiotherapy and audiology – from Teignmouth Community Hospital into the new centre, along with consultant-led ear nose and throat clinics. The CCG proposes that all other clinics and day case procedures move from Teignmouth Community Hospital to Dawlish Community Hospital, four miles away. And it proposes to reverse an earlier decision to provide 12 rehabilitation beds at Teignmouth Community Hospital, saying successful community services have made them unnecessary.
If the proposal is approved, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust says it would no longer need Teignmouth Community Hospital and would be likely to sell it so the proceeds could be reinvested in the local NHS.