The Brixham community will soon be able to receive the majority of health, wellbeing and day care services from one central location, supporting people of all ages to live as healthy and well as possible.
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Brixham Does Care, and the League of Friends, will join forces to bring together, they tell us, ‘a truly integrated approach to health and wellbeing, addressing isolation, loneliness and ill health in the population of Brixham.’
The health and wellbeing campus will comprise Brixham Community Hospital and The Friends Centre.
The health services in Brixham include 20 inpatient beds and a wide range of outpatient clinics. The outpatient services are some of the most well attend clinics, from midwifery and physiotherapy to audiology. There is also a range of specialist services that people will be access within Brixham, instead of travelling to Torbay Hospital.
The wellbeing services will consist of services and activities that enable people to connect with the wider community and live as healthy and fulfilled lives as possible. The services will also signpost and support and information.
Some mental health services are already provided in Brixham but, the Trust anticipates that they would be able to expand the services available to the local community, according to need. ‘Mental health will be able to work directly with wellbeing services,’ they add, ‘ and where possible help support people to get quick and easy access to other services, providing much more seamless care.’
Why bring health and wellbeing services together?
‘Having all agencies, work together in this way will help to improve outcomes for local people and strengthen existing services,’ Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust say. ‘We know that people want to stay well and independent at home for as long as possible. The health and wellbeing campus will be able to support people to do this and by having a joined up approach to care and wellbeing we will be help people to stay healthy, well and connected. Where people do need care it can be picked up sooner and either supported locally or referred on for more specialist care, ensuring the right care in the right place.’
Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY