16 December 2016 - Don’t miss the chance to have your say on community services

Don’t miss the chance to have your say on community services

A public consultation into proposals to improve the way care for the elderly is provided in Eastern Devon draws to a close on January 6.

That means there are just three weeks left for people to find out about the plans and have their say on Your Future Care, a proposal by NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) to provide care and support at home and in the community for the elderly and frail, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting a faster return home when hospital is needed.

It would reduce the need for community hospital beds in the Eastern locality* and a 13-week public consultation began on October 7 to decide where the remaining beds should be located.

Since then more than 1,500 people have attended public events, meetings and roadshows organised by the CCG as part of the consultation so far. Medical staff and executives have also attended various council and community meetings to talk about the proposals and listen to feedback.

We have distributed more than 10,000 consultation documents and 50,000 summary documents and more than 200 copies of the consultation document in easy read, large print, audio and braille.

If you haven’t yet read the consultation document, and your local library has run out of copies, phone 01392 267642 to request a copy. It includes a response form and FREEPOST envelope. You can also respond online at www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-future-care/have-your-say/102083.

There are still spaces available at the public meeting on December 21 at Mackarness Hall, Honiton, 6pm-8.30pm. Call 01392 267647 or email d-ccg.YourFutureCare@nhs.net to register.

Or call in to one of the roadshows where you can gather information, talk to managers and clinicians and share your views.

Roadshow dates are as follows:

Monday 19 December:
  • 9.30am – 11.30am: All Saints’ Church Hall, Exeter Road, Exmouth, EX8 1RZ
  • 5pm – 7pm: Community Centre, Pye Corner, Cullompton, EX15 1JX

Tuesday, 20 December
  • 10am – noon: Alphington Village Hall, Ide Lane, Exeter, EX2 8UP
  • 5.30pm – 7.30pm: Boniface Church, Crediton, EX17 2AH

Wednesday, 21 December
  • 9.30am – 11.30am: Village Hall, Flower Street, Woodbury, EX5 1LX
  • 1.30pm – 3.30pm: Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6RJ

Thursday, 22 December
  • 9.30am – 11.30: Memorial Hall, North Road, Holsworthy, EX22 6DJ
  • 2pm – 4pm: The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ

Friday, 23 December
  • 1.30pm – 3.30pm: Guildhall, West Street, Axminster, EX13 5NX

There is no need to register for the roadshows, just turn up.

Dr David Jenner, GP and CCG board member, said: “There are sound clinical reasons for adopting the model. Every day, up to 600 people are in hospitals (100 of these in community hospitals) who no longer have a medical need to be there.

“We know that a length of stay in hospital of more than 10 days can cause people’s health to deteriorate, particularly in relation to muscle strength. As well as that, lots of people tell us they want joined up care, which supports and promotes independence, as locally as possible.

“What we are proposing is a way of wrapping care around people where they live, by spending money on providing better care for people away from hospitals.”

*The Eastern locality of Devon covers East Devon, Exeter and Mid Devon and parts of West Devon, including Okehampton.

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