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Temporary and urgent closure of inpatient services at Holsworthy Community Hospital

There have been a number of missed clinic appointments at Holsworthy Hospital.

We would like to remind people that the clinics at Holsworthy Hospital are running as normal.  

The temporary closure of inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital does not affect any of the other services at the Hospital.

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) today outlined significant operational and safety issues which require us to temporarily close inpatient services at Holsworthy Hospital, from March 2017.

This briefing note explains what gave rise to the issues and the temporary arrangements that we will put in place to ensure patients continue to be able to access the care they need.

The Trust has taken the decision in response to a number of significant operational and safety issues which have escalated to reach a position that is no longer sustainable at Holsworthy Hospital. These are:

  1. Sustained reliance on agency staff to cover staff sickness and maintain safe staffing levels
  2. Prolonged and continued recruitment difficulties due to national skills shortages
  3. Continued low bed occupancy even when there is high demand at North Devon District Hospital

We appreciate this decision will cause concern among the local community and we did not take it lightly. We know that there is a great deal of support for our community hospitals, particularly in more rural parts of the county, such as Holsworthy, and that this will be unwelcome news for many local people. However, we cannot fail in our aim to provide safe, high-quality and sustainable services to our patients.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing which provides more detail.

We will also be holding a series of engagement events where we will explain in detail the rationale behind this temporary and urgent closure and provide the public with the opportunity to ask question and express any anxieties they might have.

Useful documents

Presentation – public meetings (pdf)

FAQ (pdf)

Factsheet (pdf)

Holsworthy Events

Stakeholder briefing (pdf)

Risk factors present in the delivery of safe, 24/7 inpatient services in South Molton and Holsworthy (pdf)

Minutes from meeting of Executive Directors – 13 February 2017 (pdf)

Clarification regarding maintenance at Holsworthy Hospital