• Fears over future of Ottery Hospital

    10th November 2012 | News | Claire
  • The lead story in this week’s Ottery Herald quotes Cllr Roger Giles who has written to Jac Kelly, the chief executive of Northern Devon NHS Healthcare Trust (NDHT), asking a series of questions.

    NDHT has confirmed that it has withdrawn 12 beds temporarily, to provide more intensive nursing care.

    Ms Kelly also confirmed that the hospital’s kitchen has been mothballed and food for patients is now being transported in from Redruth three times a week.  It is then heated on ward trollies.

    The new system apparently came in towards the end of last month, following a 90 day consultation.

    Ms Kelly confirms that only two hospitals – Seaton and Ottery St Mary had the reduction in beds, due to what Ms Kelly describes as a ‘change in casemix’ – or more patients with higher dependency.

    A full consultation would take place, says Ms Kelly, if the 12 beds are proposed to be closed permanently.

    Cllr Paul Bartlett, at Tuesday’s full Ottery St Mary Town Council meeting, asked what was going on at the hospital, following the news that food was being imported from Cornwall.

    Ottery town councillor, Elli Pang, who also chairs the local health and care team, has fired off a series of letters to GPs and to Ms Kelly, asking for reassurances over the future of the hospital.

    Ottery St Mary Town Council will debate the changes at Ottery St Mary Hospital at next month’s full meeting.