You will be aware that the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), decided that the overnight beds at the Great Torrington Community Hospital were no longer required. That decision and action is still being challenged by the community. Indeed you will be aware of further such proposals that are being resisted by various communities within Devon.
Alongside that policy by the CCG is the desire (particularly by this Council), to see an improvement in the day services offered by the hospital. This will prevent where possible, local people in the catchment area of the hospital having to travel to other hospitals etc. for out-patient services. To this end this Council has with the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, (NDHT) and others established a group to review the need and practicality of increased services.
There is a need to have a representative from the wider catchment area and an item has been placed on the agenda of the forthcoming Area Advisory meeting.
All Great Torrington Town Councillors and the respective parishes will be sent copies of agreed minutes of the meetings and Terms of Reference and these will also be posted on this Webpage for the public’s information.
Great Torrington Town Council has taken on the role of administration to the group.
If anyone has constructive comments regarding the services please let me know and they will be considered.
Michael A. Tighe