Budleigh health and wellbeing hub welcomes visitors

13 November 2017

After an extensive period of renovation Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital has been transformed into a vibrant community health and wellbeing hub.

The renovation of the Budleigh Salterton Hub has been made possible due to the financial contribution from the Budleigh Salterton League of Friends, it is with thanks to them and their tireless fundraising efforts Westbank Community Health and Care and partners are now able to welcome visitors.

Mary Nisbett, Westbank Chief Executive said:

“Westbank, along with partners who have worked on this project for over four years, are all delighted to see the Budleigh Hub open.  Services delivered will focus on preventing people becoming unwell, reducing loneliness and isolation and provide the local community with a health and wellbeing hub to be proud of”.

The Budleigh Hub will promote and improve the health and wellbeing of people in the local community by providing a range of support in response to their needs. 

Dr Nick Roberts, chief officer of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The CCG has been a key partner and a longtime supporter of the Budleigh Hub initiative and I am delighted to see the project become a reality.

“The hub will provide a wide range of services for nearly 50,000 people and will be a great asset for the local community. It combines health and wellbeing, social care and voluntary sector services in one centre and just shows what can be achieved when different organisations work together across the system.

“This form of collaboration and integration between partners is a model we would support across Devon.”

The Hub has started offering services for the youngest to the oldest with locally based Carousel Nursery providing childcare support for 0 – 5 year olds, and Age Concern Budleigh Salterton supporting older people from the local community in the day care centre.

The Hub Café will provide a range of snacks, freshly cooked meals and hot and cold drinks.  The Café is being run by Launchpad a local social enterprise, who provide supported training and work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions. 

Westbanks Neighbourhoods Friends project will provide a support service that aims to help vulnerable people when they're coming out of hospital.

The Westbank Healthy Neighbourhoods team will set up a range of health and wellbeing activities.  The team have just launched table tennis which attracted 20 eager enthusiasts taking on the ping-pong challenge. Sessions will run twice monthly, 10am – 12noon and cost £3.

The Hub is currently taking delivery of exercise equipment to go into the Westbank Gym and the Fitness Team will be taking bookings for inductions very soon.  The Fitness Team will also be offering a range of exercise programmes to increase physical activity to help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) has started to meet clients through their Depression and Anxiety Service.  NHS Outpatient services are due to launch physiotherapy and podiatry services from the beginning of November, with more services being rolled out over the coming months.  The Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre will also start to provide medical services at the Hub very soon.  Chime Audiology has started to provide an audiology service to clients on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Other health providers include Ocean Physio who will start working with clients from mid-November.   Age Concern Exmouth and District and Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare will both start to provide a range of advisory services.  The Budleigh Memory Café will welcome participants with dementia and memory loss to their café from October onwards.

For more information about any of the activities and services at Budleigh Hub please contact the reception team on 01395 446896 or visit www.westbank.org.uk 

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