Royal Devon & Exeter Trust

FORCE cancer charity funds chemotherapy first in Okehampton – this is exactly the kind of service we need in Seaton

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force-okehampton-chemo-vanEncouraging news – the RD&E and FORCE have agreed that the cancer charity will deliver chemotherapy to patients in Okehampton Community Hospital.

The RD&E press release also says ‘It is hoped that the service will also be offered at a third location in East Devon later this year.’

We have an active local fund-raising group for FORCE – I was at a well-attended coffee morning in Colyton Town Hall three months ago – and this is exactly the kind of service that we would benefit from in the wider Seaton area, with our elderly population. This is the kind of thing we need to discuss in the community conversation on health matters which will take place in March, and I very much hope FORCE will be able to come.

The press release adds: 

The charity began funding a pilot outreach chemotherapy project at Tiverton Hospital in July. The feedback from patients and nursing staff has been so positive that it is being rolled out as quickly as possible in Okehampton.
The benefits to patients include:

  • Treatment closer to home so less travelling time and expense
  • Easier parking
  • Quieter location and treatment area
  • Reduced waiting time for treatment, both in Okehampton and Exeter
  • Experienced oncology staff from the hospital to deliver treatment
  • Access to additional FORCE services to support you and your family

CCG, RD&E speakers at Honiton community event to begin ‘co-designing and co-producing’ local health services/activities – we need a similar meeting in Seaton too

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Honiton’s Health Matters – Going Forward Together
Thursday 18th January 2018, Beehive Main Hall,   9.30 for 10am start – 1.30pm
 
 
Context:  This event is the start of a community conversation with key stakeholder organisations around the future health and wellbeing of residents in response to  the new landscape affecting Honiton and its environs as a result of NHS and Government policies advocating placed-based health provision and cross-sector collaborative working.
The aim:  To discuss what we know, where there are gaps/challenges and how, as a community we will address these to ensure collaborative approaches to co-design and co-produce local health services/activities that meet the needs of all the people in our communities.
Invitees: Management and senior level employees / volunteers / trustees across the public, private, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector.
 
Speakers:
Ø Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice – Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Nurse RD&E
Ø Dr Simon Kerr – Chair, Eastern Locality New Devon CCG
Ø Julia Cutforth – Community Services Manager,  Honiton and Ottery St Mary
Ø Ways2Wellbeing  – Social Prescribing, Speaker to be confirmed
Ø Charlotte Hanson – Chief Officer, Action East Devon
Ø Heather Penwarden – Chair, Honiton Hospital League of Friends

The new model of care is working, they say, but patients who could have been treated in Seaton Hospital are still bed-blocking in the RD&E

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Below is the RD&E’s latest publicity leaflet for the ‘new model of care’ boasting ‘no complaints’ from people who were treated between 28 August and 10 September. On the reverse side it features Doug – is it a coincidence that he is from Seaton? – who has had a knee amputation and is being cared for at home after two weeks on an acute ward. He says, ‘I cannot praise enough the wonderful care and treatment I have received right through from the surgical team to the community healthcare professionals. The skills and attention to detail they have shown is remarkable. It’s been a pleasure having them in my home.’

I am sure that the dedicated professionals working in the new system are doing their best for the patients. But are all the people who would have been transferred to the community hospitals actually getting the treatment at home which they are promised by ‘Your Future Care’? At the same time I received this comment from a Seaton resident: ‘A friend of mine’s husband has been in the RD&E for about 10 days.  He could have come home 4 days ago, but there was no home care arranged for him – no one available to do the job, so his wife is paying privately to get help, and he will now be coming home some time on Sunday. He will have been bed blocking for 1 WEEK.  It says it all doesn’t it?’

RDE YFC Stakeholder briefing 5 Oct 2017 FINAL

Out-patient services in Seaton Hospital

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This is the RD&E’s leaflet showing all services in the hospital before the beds were closed.RD&E leaflet on Seaton Hospital services