Consultation response Teignmouth Hospital
In October 2014 NHS England published its Five Year Forward View, which outlined so called new models of care for primary and secondary care across the country. Reducing hospital bed numbers was a central tenet of this plan, expressed in the concept of ‘care closer to home’ (in fact, care in your home, rather than in hospital). Teignmouth Hospital was one of the first hospitals in Devon to fall victim to this plan. In late 2014- early 2015 a consultation arrived at the conclusion that the hospital should have its minor injuries and acute beds closed. Although it was deemed necessary to keep 12 in-patient beds, they were mothballed in 2017. They were not restored and in 2018 plans were made to link a total closure of the hospital with the development of a new Health and Wellbeing Centre in the town centre; this new ‘hub’ is primarily for GP facilities.
This report dissects and refutes the arguments for closing the hospital and outlines the background.
Download the response: Consultation response Teignmouth Hospital