Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have committed themselves to the long-term future of community hospital care in Torrington.
The assurances mean local NHS services will continue to evolve, while options are explored for developing the hospital in the longer term.
The PCT is currently carrying out a strategic review of health services across Devon, to make sure they are in line with what the population needs over the coming years.
Once the review is completed early next year, Northern Devon Healthcare, which runs Torrington Community Hospital, will have a much clearer picture of how the hospital needs to evolve.
While awaiting the outcome of the strategic review, the Trust will ensure that the community hospital continues to provide its high-quality health services. That also means a programme of work to make sure the building is maintained to standard.
Nikki Kennelly, the Trust’s Director of Community Services, said: “We’ve got to make sure what we do fits in with what local people need in the way of healthcare in the long term. By early 2008, we should be in a much better position to move forward.”
Rebecca Harriott, the PCT’s Director of Provider Development, said: “We’re working with communities across Devon, as part of the strategic review.
“That means taking into account factors that will affect them in the future, like the ageing population and the changing pattern of disease, from diabetes to dementia. It’s important to get this right before pressing ahead with local developments.”