Urgent care centre plan for Exmouth Hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:13 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 25 September 2014

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Plans which could bring new facilities to Exmouth Hospital have been put up for consultation by the NHS.

Doctors have announced plans for the NHS’s Eastern Devon locality, which could see some larger hospitals taking on more services, while other hospitals’ services are reduced.

The main change in the pipeline for Exmouth Hospital would be its current Minor Injuries Unit becoming an Urgent Care Centre.

This would offer a similar service, but an NHS spokesman said it could get additional facilities, such as an X-ray unit, reducing the need for patients to be referred to Exeter.

Exmouth has already seen more beds arrive after they were transferred from Budleigh Salterton Hospital, which is already becoming a community health and wellbeing hub as a trailblazer for other small hospitals. Exmouth also received Budleigh’s stroke unit. However, as previously reported, the NHS plans could now see this moving up to Exeter.

Doctors previously said this would free up the 12 stroke beds at Exmouth for general patients.

The NHS is holding a 12-week consultation on its plans, and, as part of this, there will be a public meeting held at Exmouth Rugby Club on October 8, between 6pm and 8pm.

There will also be drop-in sessions at Budleigh’s Peter Hall on October 22, between 10am and noon, and at Woodbury Village Hall on October 28, between 2pm and 4pm.

You can also have your say by emailing D-CCG.EasternLocality@nhs.net, or writing to NHS NEW Devon CCG, Eastern Locality, Newcourt House, Old Rydon Lane, Exeter, EX2 7JU.

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