The Trust would like to ensure that the local community understands the reason for the temporary closure of the inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital.
The Trust is hosting a series of engagement events that will provide the opportunity for members of the public to understand more about the rationale behind the decision and express any concerns or anxieties they might have.
Drop-in sessions at Holsworthy Hospital
Monday 20 March -10.30 am to 1pm
Thursday 30 March – 9.30am to 12pm
The sessions will run in 30-minute slots with a limited number of people per session. Please contact Judith Latcham on 01271 322460 or email@example.com to book your slot.
Public meetings at Holsworthy Memorial Hall
Thursday 23 March – 3.00pm to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
More details of these events are available on the Trust website: http://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/have-your-say/holsworthy-engagement/holsworthy-events/
The Trust is also attending a Holsworthy Town Council meeting on Wednesday 15 March. This meeting will be held in public and is an opportunity to gain further information and ask questions in the presence of councillors. The meeting takes place at Holsworthy Memorial Hall at 7pm.
People can also write to the Trust at:
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Devon EX31 4JB
The Trust board has taken the decision to close the inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital temporarily under urgent measures, due to a concern about the current safe sustainability of the service. The hospital has stopped admitting inpatients and the unit will temporarily close on 31 March 2017.
There are a range of issues at Holsworthy which have combined, leading to a concern about the current safe sustainability of the service. These include low bed occupancy, recruitment challenges and sustained reliance on temporary workforce, predominantly agency staff.