The NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing to cut the number of in-patients beds at community hospitals across Devon to focus on giving more care in people’s homes. They are running a 13 week ‘Future Care’ consultation to find the best areas for community hospital beds.
Initially only four options were presented for retaining community hospital beds at Tiverton, Seaton, Sidmouth, Whipton and Exmouth – WITH NO REFERENCE TO OKEHAMPTON HOSPITAL! There is however a fifth option for those who think that no community beds at Okehampton hospital is unacceptable – tick ‘other option’. The population that uses Okehampton as a hub is over 14,500 patients (registered at the Okehampton Medical Centre, adding patients from other local medical centres ie. Bow, Chagford, Hatherleigh etc. who would use the hospital comes substantially to more than 37,000 within 15 miles.
If you feel strongly to argue the case for retaining beds at Okehampton Hospital then follow the links below to access Devon CCG proposals and consultation documents. If you would like some pointers to help fill out the form click here survey-monkey-responses-re-hospital-jg
A PAPER COPY OF THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO VIEW AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
The consultation ends on January 6th 2017
NHS NEW clinical Commissioning Group website http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-future-care/102019
Online response form https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T85TCPT
Downloadable response form to print and post http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-future-care/have-your-say/102083
For more information on the protest action see the Facebook group – Save Our Beds – Okehampton Hospital https://www.facebook.com/okeybeds/?fref=ts
There is also an online petition to save the 16 remaining beds at the hospital