On 2 and 3 March the Trust announced to staff and the public the reasons why the growing safety concerns meant it was not considered safe to continue operating the 16 inpatient beds at Holsworthy Community Hospital. The Trust effected a temporary and urgent closure and the last patient was discharged by 23 March 2017.
The NDHT Board is wholly committed to maintaining safe and high quality services and felt unable to ignore the safety triggers occurring at Holsworthy which risked a future, safe inpatient service. These were:
- Insufficient patients needing an admission to Holsworthy hospital (bed occupancy).
- Insufficient availability of staff to run the inpatient unit safely.
NDHT held two public meetings and eight drop-in sessions, and attended a town council meeting in public to explain the decision, listen to the community and hear their concerns. As a result of the ongoing dialogue with the community and some of its leaders/representatives, there is an expressed willingness to work alongside us to support the Trust address its safety concerns.
We plan to invite community representatives to work with us in assessing our progress and exploring the options. We are absolutely committed to being transparent about our progress, success and challenges and communicating these openly and regularly with our community.
NDHT Board papers
Reports to NEW Devon CCG
Holsworthy next steps 24 April 2017 (pdf) (report presented to the CCG)
Quality Equality Impact Assessment 23.08.17 (excel doc)
- Holsworthy Hospital stakeholder group October 1, 2017
- Holsworthy stakeholder group launched July 18, 2017
- Trust outlines steps required to safely reopen inpatient beds in Holsworthy June 9, 2017
- Temporary closure of inpatient beds in Holsworthy Hospital – next steps April 6, 2017
- Temporary closure of inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital – engagement events March 15, 2017
- Clarification regarding maintenance at Holsworthy Hospital March 9, 2017
- Holsworthy inpatient services to close temporarily March 3, 2017