'No hope' of primary care centre or minor injury unit in Devizes

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There is no prospect of a primary care centre in Devizes nor a minor injury unit, a public meeting on future health services was told.

A proposed primary care centre, where all three GP surgeries in the town are based, was shelved three years ago and instead money was spent on refurbishing Devizes Hospital when the Family Health Centre in New Park Street relocated there.

The hospital’s minor injury unit closed in 2007 and members of Devizes Hospital’s League of Friends asked local GPs at a public meeting organised by Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) what the plans were for Devizes Hospital.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, of Market Lavington Surgery, told the meeting on Monday night at the Corn Exchange, Devizes: “I don’t think there will be any new build, a primary care centre. I can’t see Devizes Community Hospital reinventing and having beds again.

“We are looking at services rather than buildings at the moment.

"There will not be a minor injury unit in Devizes, however there is a minor injury problem. We have patients with minor injuries pitching up at our door to be stitched. If it’s convenient, at the end of surgery, I will do it.

"We need to think more laterally how we can develop a service in conjunction with something else. We are trying to work through that.”

He said GPs were looking to use the NHS Treatment Centre in Devizes more for diagnostic tests. The centre, run by private company Care UK, has taken over providing an X-ray service for GPs after the X-ray equipment at Devizes Hospital broke down and could not be replaced.

Christine Reid, a lay member of the CCG, said recent comments by Simon Stephens, head of NHS England, about the importance of small hospitals referred to district general hospitals, such as the Royal United at Bath, and not community hospitals.

The public meeting was attended by more than 60 people and the CCG outlined their plan for the next five years which proposes to spend more money on health education and prevention, provide more care at home or in the community and spend less on providing bed based care in hospital.

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3:40pm Mon 23 Jun 14

saferroads says...

The Doctors says that he has patients tuning up at his surgery for help with Minor Injuries surly this should tell him that Devizes needs a Minor Injuries unit. If you are bleeding you dont necessarily want to travel to Trowbridge or Chippenham for Help
The Doctors says that he has patients tuning up at his surgery for help with Minor Injuries surly this should tell him that Devizes needs a Minor Injuries unit. If you are bleeding you dont necessarily want to travel to Trowbridge or Chippenham for Help saferroads
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3:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

brandx says...

It doesn't look as if the move to GP based Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups has solved anything. A mega billion so called reform that spent money on new admin structures but provided precious little in the localities - as witness Devizes.

Perhaps Claire Perry can solve it - or at least get a press release out of it.
It doesn't look as if the move to GP based Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups has solved anything. A mega billion so called reform that spent money on new admin structures but provided precious little in the localities - as witness Devizes. Perhaps Claire Perry can solve it - or at least get a press release out of it. brandx
  • Score: 6

9:27pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Fluffy peppa says...

Devizes is expanding with more and more developments, yet the demand for a local minor injury unit just does not warrant the doers to do! Only the thinkers to carry on "thinking"!!!!
Come on, we have large constant demand for new builds but the sick have to travel......knock down the aging hospital AFTER we have a new primary care centre/minor injury. Devizes may be a beautiful place to live or bring the tourists in but sadly we cannot make people better.

Ms Perry......can you positively assist us?
Devizes is expanding with more and more developments, yet the demand for a local minor injury unit just does not warrant the doers to do! Only the thinkers to carry on "thinking"!!!! Come on, we have large constant demand for new builds but the sick have to travel......knock down the aging hospital AFTER we have a new primary care centre/minor injury. Devizes may be a beautiful place to live or bring the tourists in but sadly we cannot make people better. Ms Perry......can you positively assist us? Fluffy peppa
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8:09am Sun 29 Jun 14

Nickthegreek says...

Fluffy peppa wrote:
Devizes is expanding with more and more developments, yet the demand for a local minor injury unit just does not warrant the doers to do! Only the thinkers to carry on "thinking"!!!!
Come on, we have large constant demand for new builds but the sick have to travel......knock down the aging hospital AFTER we have a new primary care centre/minor injury. Devizes may be a beautiful place to live or bring the tourists in but sadly we cannot make people better.

Ms Perry......can you positively assist us?
Ms Perry......can you positively assist us? 'Er.no, Fluffy. Claire is too busy being 'horrified' about the train that takes her to work & back.
[quote][p][bold]Fluffy peppa[/bold] wrote: Devizes is expanding with more and more developments, yet the demand for a local minor injury unit just does not warrant the doers to do! Only the thinkers to carry on "thinking"!!!! Come on, we have large constant demand for new builds but the sick have to travel......knock down the aging hospital AFTER we have a new primary care centre/minor injury. Devizes may be a beautiful place to live or bring the tourists in but sadly we cannot make people better. Ms Perry......can you positively assist us?[/p][/quote]Ms Perry......can you positively assist us? 'Er.no, Fluffy. Claire is too busy being 'horrified' about the train that takes her to work & back. Nickthegreek
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