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Many of you will be aware of the current proposals by the CCG to reorganise community services across the whole of South Devon.  Locally, Consultation will begin soon on the proposed closure of the Community Hospital. This involves loss of inpatient beds as well as the loss of a base for our community staff (Physiotherapists, District Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Podiatrists.)  While we realise that affordable healthcare has to evolve and develop we feel it important that the patients of Ashburton & Buckfastleigh surgeries have access to local high quality services that work for them, and us.

We feel it is vital that we:

a) continue to have our community staff based within the Ashburton or Buckfastleigh area. We will strongly oppose any relocation out of this area (e.g. to Totnes or Newton Abbot) as this will compromise the teams' viability and therefore compromise patient care.  We already have limited resources in our area and further losses we feel would  cause unacceptable and unfair hardship for our patients.

b) retain some form of bed based care within our patch-if not hospital inpatient beds then other high quality form of bed based care, so that the most unwell patients can still be cared for within a reasonable distance of their home.

What we are doing:

Ashburton & Buckfastleigh surgeries are working together to put forward our views and support the local commissioners in developing service that recognises the needs of our local population. We have many ideas and are willing to be flexible in how we work as well to accommodate the community services in our existing premises, if required.
We believe that sustainable Primary & Community Care for the future of Ashburton & Buckfastleigh requires investment imagination and careful thought and we are committed to play our part in providing this.


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