Launch day of Budleigh wellbeing hub sees more than 400 visitors

15 May 2018

Budleigh Hub officially opened it doors on Friday 4 May, welcoming over 400 visitors to take a tour around the hub, participate in one of the many activities on offer, speak to representatives from the services delivered at the Hub and sample tasty treats at the cooking demonstrations.

This partnership project has been developed between Westbank Community Health and Care based in Exminster, the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG), Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and NHS Property Services.  After four years of development and £500k refurbishment funded by League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital the revived community hospital has been transformed into a vibrant health and wellbeing hub serving the communities of Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh.

Mary Nisbett, Westbank Chief Executive said: “the Hub showcases the successful integration of services by health and social care agencies, community care services and commercial activities.  The variety of services provided at the Hub is result of the partners shared commitment to the project, vision and passion”.

Simon Tapley, interim chief officer of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am delighted to see so many people from the local community came out to celebrate the official launch of the Budleigh Health and Wellbeing Hub.  The CCG has been a key partner and supporter of the Hub initiative and I am pleased that this project has become a reality.

“The hub is a great asset for the local community. It combines health and wellbeing, social care and voluntary sector services in one place, showing exactly what can be achieved when different organisations work together.

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

PHOTO1 - Lord Clinton, Dr David Evans, Mary Nisbett Westbank Chief Executive, Margaret Daniels from Budleigh Age Concern, Dr Richard Mejzner and three year old Archie Corry from Carousel Nursery cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Budleigh

Dr David Evans gave thanks to all those who worked towards the shared goal of seeing the Hub become a resource for the whole community; he went on to thank sponsors for their generosity which ensured the clinical and community rooms were all refurbished to the highest standard.

The NHS, DPT, Chime Audiology and Budleigh Salterton Medical Practice have a strong presence in the Hub delivering a clinical mix of services including Cardiac Support, Retinal Screening, Heart Failure Nurse, Podiatry, Physio MSK, Depression & Anxiety Service, Audiology Services, Medical Practice Clinics and Memory Cafes. 

Local organisations have also taken up space in the Hub, with Age Concern Budleigh offering a day care services for older people; Launchpad, providing work experience for people with learning disabilities in their Café at the Hub; Carousel Nursery providing childcare for 0 – 3 years old; and Ocean Physio.

PHOTO2 – Launchpad cooking demonstration.

Westbank Neighbourhood Friends support people in their own homes with practical help including collecting essential items and providing social opportunities.  They also offer home from hospital including wellbeing checks with the help of a team of volunteers.  The Healthy Neighbourhoods team set up activities in response to the needs of the community – which includes seated yoga, craft sessions, health walks and a film club.

Westbank recently launched the enhanced Devon Carers service; adult and young carers will be able access a range of carers’ services at the Hub.

For more information about any of the services at the Hub please contact the Reception Team on 01395 446896.

Rate this page