Vigil at Seaton Hospital on Monday 21st at 12, as bed closures are implemented

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On the initiative of Cllr Martin Pigott, Vice-Chairman of Seaton Town Council, there will be a vigil outside the hospital on Monday (21st) from 12 to 1 to protest at the closure of the inpatient beds in Seaton Hospital which will take place next week.

We will express our deep concern about the very future of Seaton and the other community hospitals, handed by the Government to NHS Property Services which will charge the RD&E a ‘market rent’ for the buildings despite the huge input of funds by the local communities.

There will also be a vigil at Honiton Hospital on Monday 28th August at 11 am. Please share!

The story of how the local community built Seaton Hospital is now online

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A new page on this site will collect together key information about the Hospital and the campaign to save it. The page has been launched by making available the story of the building of the Hospital thirty years ago, told in Mary Wood’s booklet, That’s What Friends Are For. You can now read the full story by going to the Seaton Hospital page.

RD&E briefing on local services doesn’t even mention Seaton or Honiton Hospitals

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Following the announcement that beds in Seaton and Okehampton hospitals will close next week, and those in Honiton the week after, the Royal Devon and Exeter Trust has circulated this document: YFC implementation Locality Briefing FINAL UPDATED.

For the Seaton, Axminster and Sidmouth area, listing ‘Services in the locality’, only Sidmouth Community Hospital is mentioned as such, with the ‘Dementia Day Care Unit – Axminster’, and Hospiscare at Home (but no mention of the fact that this is based at Seaton Hospital). Likewise, for the Honiton and Ottery St Mary area, there is no mention of Honiton Hospital.

Clearly there is much work to be done in getting the RD&E to, first, recognise the existing out-patient services in the hospitals, and, second, develop them as centres for further services for which people currently have to travel to Wonford.

Seaton beds to close next week – shame on East Devon Conservative leaders who have helped this to happen

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Adel Jones of the Royal Devon and Exeter trust, who run our community hospitals, has told the members of Devon's Health Scrutiny Committee that Seaton and Okehampton will lose their beds next week, and Honiton the week after. Shame on Sara Randall Johnson, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee, Paul Diviani, leader of EDDC, and other Conservative councillors who have helped this to happen.

Seaton’s exciting Seafront Enhancement Scheme finally gets planning permission

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EDDC’s Development Management Committee today finally approved the plans for Seafront Enhancement which have been developed by consultants Architectural Thread, working for Seaton Town Council, after three rounds of public consultation. Now we only need to get them built! If EDDC gets its act together, the first phase centred on the Moridunum could begin in conjunction with the re-development of Fosseway Court, this autumn, leaving the Town Council to look for funding for the second phase including Fisherman’s Gap.

Bid for County support for X52 bus service fails

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Councillor Roger Croad, the County Cabinet Member for Transportation, has told me that they won’t subsidise the peak services on the X52 route, because the number of ‘unique’ passengers who couldn’t use another service – people going from Beer to Exeter and from Seaton to the RD&E – is too small to justify this. So the service will contract to two off-peak buses a day in each direction from 2nd September. If you value those, remember to use them!
I think it’s shortsighted to push travellers from our area into Exeter into cars when the city is increasingly clogged up – it was completely gridlocked for hours one day last week.