Hospital closes for work on £800k hub
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 April 2015
Budleigh Salterton Hospital has closed its doors, for builders to create a new health and wellbeing hub.
The £800,000 scheme was approved by NHS bosses last month and the hospital is now scheduled to be closed to patients until early October.
While the work is carried out, clinical genetics, counselling, dermatology, heart failure, physiotherapy, and podiatry services, with the Parkinson’s nurse-led clinic and community geriatrician, will be moving to Exmouth Hospital.
AAA screening and the practice nurse are moving to Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre.
Audiology will move to Sidmouth or Exmouth, and the depression and anxiety service will continue at a Budleigh venue yet to be confirmed.
The NHS says all patients have been informed in advance.
Half of the project’s funding is coming from the Budleigh Salterton Hospital League of Friends, and its chairman, Dr David Evans, has outlined its role when the hub opens.
He said: “The League of Friends will continue to provide additional equipment on request, in support of NHS clinical services within the health and wellbeing hub.
“The comfort and welfare of patients will also be a priority. It is not within the League of Friends constitution, however, to support private enterprise or commercial organisations which are part of the hub. These must all be self-sufficient.”
Dr Evans added that the League of Friends felt the name Budleigh Salterton Hospital should stay, as more than 60 per cent of the services in the Health and Wellbeing Hub would be clinical within the NHS.
During the closure, the League of Friends can be contacted via Carol May at Exmouth Hospital.