To: South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Save Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Community Hospital

Save Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Community Hospital

Find alternative solutions to budget problems and keep community hospitals open.

Why is this important?

Community Hospitals provide health and medical services such as minor injuries departments and hospital beds for those well enough to be released from General Hospitals but still too sick to return to their own homes.

These hospitals act as intermediaries, providing care for some of the most vulnerable people in south devon in particular the old and infirm.

In particular patients who would have used Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Community Hospital will be put into Totnes Community Hospital instead. This is farther from home, there is no public transport links, and therefore will only cost more money to non-emergency patient transport services.

Beds in community hospitals mean General Hospitals are able to move recovering patients enabling them to treat more critical patients. Losing these beds will only serve to bed block General Hospitals, such as Torbay, leading to poorer service.

When it comes to Medical treatment this can be the difference in providing outstanding care (saving lives), or being prevented from treating the sick or injured (resulting in preventable deaths and suffering).

South Devon & Torbay

Reasons for signing

  • I believe the whole community should have access to this facility: particularly for those requiring personal care and support locally. 'Closure' of this kind of hospital is a 'short - sighted' money saving action that will leave a significant gap in the continuity of care for residents (& their families / carers) requiring professional help and health support 24/7.
  • Rural communities need access to fast medical treatment in their areas.Often, this can also take pressure off the major trauma centres of Torbay, RD&E and Derriford and save patients lengthy waits in A&E for minor injuries.
  • Because if we don't fight for our hospital now ....where are we going to go in 10+ years time when Newton & Totnes hospitals cant cope with demand? keep it local

Updates

2016-09-16 19:00:24 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-09-15 15:59:18 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-08-27 20:42:11 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-08-27 15:00:49 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-08-27 11:18:00 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-08-27 09:34:19 +0100

10 signatures reached