Seaton & Area Health Matters holds successful second meeting – steering group set up and agreement on Axe Valley approach

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On Thursday, the follow-up took place to the inaugural meeting of Seaton & Area Health Matters. After an informative presentation by Richard Anderson, manager of the community team for Seaton, Exmouth and Sidmouth based at Seaton Hospital, the meeting broke into workshops, and when we reconvened agreed on an approach which envisages an Axe Valley health hub centred on Seaton and Axminster hospitals. Axminster is having a similar process of discussions and we will liaise with them down the line. The Seaton steering group will meet shortly – members (I haven’t got the full list) include Cllr Jack Rowland, Dr Mark Welland and myself.

2 thoughts on “Seaton & Area Health Matters holds successful second meeting – steering group set up and agreement on Axe Valley approach

    Joanne said:
    May 26, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Sounds like progress. At the patient participation meeting at Townsend House we have been discussing how the Budleigh Salterton Hub works at the Hospital. Looking at their website this seems a positive way forward and could be copied for Seaton?

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    Jack Rowland said:
    May 26, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Along with Dr Welland I visited the Budlegh Salterton Health Hub last month. The lease for the building is held by Wellbank and we are asking more questions. Wellbank would not be installed position to take on more leases, so the potential problem we need to solve is which organisation could negotiate taking on a lease from NHS Property Services for the Seaton site. The constitution of the Seaton Hospital League of Friends precludes this so we may have to set up a separate charity or company with sufficient funds and business plan to make a Seaton equivalent a reality.

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