Surgery Honiton Surgery
Marlpits Lane,
Honiton, Devon, EX14 2NYOpening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30am – 6.00pm Normal hours – (01404) 548544 Evening and w/e – 0845 6710270 (Devon Doctors)Telephone numbers for appointments desk, home visits desk, results desk, inquiries etc. go to website

This website is kept up-to-date with the latest news and information. It also lists individual doctors’ surgery days as well as details of the primary healthcare team; plus information about health care services, both NHS and the voluntary sector – from counselling and mental health to social services.

Honiton Surgery’s quarterly newsletter can also be accessed on-line.

For information on the Patient Participation Group, established in 2005 to provide an opportunity to discuss developments in the surgery and to hear concerns being voiced by patients, contact Serena Sexton (01404) 41362.

 Hospital Honiton Community Hospital,
Marlpits Road,
Honiton, Devon
EX14 2DE(01404) 540540Look for Honiton Hospital on this website:www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk

The Devon Clinical Commissioning Group came into operation in April 2013. Devon is one of the largest groups in the country with a population of circa 900,000. Called ‘NEW Devon’ the group has an income of £1.1 billion and is divided into three localities which mirror the catchment areas of acute hospitals: northern, eastern and western. Honiton is part of the eastern locality.

For further information on how the Devon CCG is operating go to: www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk. Select  ‘CCG Prospectus’ for a brief overview. To sign up for regular newsletters and up-to-date information about the NHS email: d-ccg.corporateservices@nhs.net

PRESS RELEASE – update

Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will ask both the NEW Devon and South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups, which commission services in community hospitals, and NHS Property Services, which now owns the hospitals, to its next meeting on 25 January to report on the future of the hospitals now that most of them have lost their in-patient beds.

The Scrutiny Committee decided to request the discussion at its meeting yesterday (21st) after concerns were raised by Cllr Martin Shaw, who represents Seaton and areas close to Honiton, both places where hospital beds closed this summer. Cllr Shaw is pressing for the contributions to community hospitals made by local communities and Leagues of Friends to be taken into account in planning their futures, and had presented a paper on the subject to the Committee’s September meeting.

Cllr Shaw raised particular concerns over the high rents to be charged by NHS Property Services, the fact that the CCG is committed to paying for space only until the end of the current financial year, and that the CCG has specifically said that existing outpatient services are not guaranteed to continue.

‘Many services can be delivered in community hospitals’, Cllr Shaw emphasised after the meeting. “We should be talking about increasing not reducing the provision close to where patients live. If most services are concentrated in the RD&E, patients will continue to face long journeys into Exeter. With deteriorating public transport many will have to drive in and contribute to the city’s ever-growing congestion. We need joined-up planning at Devon and local levels to make the best use of the hospitals, which are community assets whoever is the legal owner.’

The motion to invite the NHS organisations was proposed by Cllr Claire Wright (Independent) and seconded by Cllr Nick Way (Liberal Democrat).

Martin Shaw

Independent East Devon Alliance County Councillor for Seaton & Colyton

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Dear friends,

I have delayed writing to you because we still have no firm news on the future of Seaton, Axminster and Honiton hospitals. A meeting of the core stakeholders for the proposed Axminster-Seaton ‘hub’ (GP practices, councils, Leagues of Friends) has still not happened although it may ‘before Christmas’.

We do know, however, that the CCG is only funding the space in the hospitals until the end of this financial year. It has also said that it will not guarantee that existing outpatient services in the hospitals will be continued. We are still in a very serious situation and together with others I am doing all I can to make progress. As soon as there is further news I will let you know.

Our meeting on 6th October resolved to formalise the group who have been campaigning for the hospitals as the Axe Valley Hospitals Campaign, with the twofold aim of supporting the development of the hub and preventing sale of hospital buildings. I will call a further meeting in the new year to set this up properly.

You may have seen that in today’s View From Seaton and Colyton, Cllr Peter Burrows has complained that he was not invited to this meeting and it was ‘politicised’. I would only point out that Peter has never asked to be put on the email list of campaign supporters. Indeed the email list started at the meeting in Colyford in March. I had posted information about that meeting to a Facebook group which Peter manages, but he deleted it, and subsequently blocked me entirely from the group. Despite asking him to reconsider, I remain barred.

Best wishes,

Martin

Martin Shaw

Independent East Devon Alliance County Councillor for Seaton & Colyton

 Healthwatch  Healthwatch is a new, independent, consumer champion which aims to help people get the best out of their health and social care service. Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence how local services are designed and delivered, and it positively encourages feedback.For more information go to www.healthwatchdevon.co.uk This is a very comprehensive website listing a number of health and care services, plus the latest news and events around the county. You can sign up for thee-newsletter, participate in consultations or volunteer to become a friendly voice on the Freephone help-line: 0800.520.0640.

 

 Dev Carers  Devon Carers is an information, support and short breaks service run by eight organisations working together to improve the quality of services for all carers in Devon.Click on ‘East Devon Support Groups’ for a list of upcoming support groups and events for carers in the East Devon area.Helpline 08456.434435 (Monday-Friday, 8.00 – 6.00pm; Saturday, 9.00 – 1.00pm) www.devoncarers.org.uk

 

 Trip 2 TRIP community transport provides a range of services for the older person and rurally isolated, of any age. As well as the voluntary car service (shopping, GP and hospital appointments) there are coffee mornings, pub lunches, weekend trips away and a befriending service. New voluntary drivers always needed www.tripctra.org 29-31 New Street, Honiton EX14 1HA(01404).46529 www.devonpartnership.nhs.uk/contact-us-get-help

 

PALS

The Patient Advisory Liaison Service (PALS) deals with NHS complaints and concerns. 0800 073 0741For Health and Safety information, training and contacts go to: www.devon.gov.uk/healthandsafetyservice

 

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