Families, groups of neighbours or club members are being invited to hold an online discussion with local NHS leaders about a proposal for the future of health services in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area.
As part of its ongoing consultation on reshaping community services, Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is making clear that its offer to hold discussions with community groups is open to all. Groups made up of neighbours, family members, friends with a common interest or any other group can also ask for a discussion with senior members of the CCG. Up to six people can take part, by Zoom or on a video platform of their choice.
Dr Paul Johnson, clinical chair of Devon CCG, said: “We welcome talks with any community groups or people just getting together to find out more about our proposal. That might be an extended family, or friends with a common interest, or any other group that feels it would be affected by changes.
“It’s another opportunity to ask questions of doctors and NHS managers, and for people to air their views before the consultation ends on 26 October.”
There is still one to go of the six previously scheduled discussion events, before the consultation ends on 26 October.
The latest is this Saturday, 17 October, at 11am to 12.30 pm – the first to be held at a weekend.
The proposal focuses on joining up services to provide coordinated care. A new, £8million Health and Wellbeing Centre is planned for the heart of Teignmouth to house the Channel View GP practice alongside the voluntary sector, pharmacy and a wide range of health and care professionals.
Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing to move the most frequently-used community clinics -podiatry, physiotherapy and audiology – from Teignmouth Community Hospital to the new centre, along with the specialist ear, nose and throat clinic.
Other specialist clinics, which are used by people across South Devon, would move to Dawlish Community Hospital.
And an earlier decision to instal 12 rehabilitation beds at Teignmouth Community Hospital, overseen by physiotherapists, would be reversed.
Those who cannot take part in the discussion events can still ask for a telephone conversation, or simply fill in the questionnaire online or on paper. Any queries can be addressed to Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay on 0800-0520-029
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