Our teams of integrated health and social care community professionals across northern Devon work to rehabilitate patients, avoid admissions, and promote health, wellbeing and independence. The multidisciplinary teams include community nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, community matrons and the voluntary sector.
The teams deliver care to around 2500 people, often with very complex needs, providing support and treatment to enable them to live independently in their own homes.
The teams provide a rapid response service. If a GP is worried about a patient whose health is deteriorating, they can call the community rapid response team who will arrive at the person’s home within two hours. We then look at the health and social care needs of the patient, and the patient is provided with immediate support in their own home. Quite often this avoids an admission to hospital.
The Trust has five community hospitals and two resource centres, which provide a range of services that are easily accessible to the local population, including around forty inpatient beds, and rehabilitation and outpatient clinics.
Some hospitals also offer specialist services such as minor injuries units, stroke rehabilitation and renal care. The resource centres in Barnstaple and Lynton provide a range of local outpatient and self-referral services, such as family planning clinics.