News and Developments
The work that the hospital staff does and the support that the Comforts Fund gives is so greatly appreciated that it is often featured in news items in the local press and media.
The Sidmouth Herald newspaper gave extensive coverage about the hospital’s £5million rebuild. But more recently Sidmouth Hospital has been in the headlines for not such good news. The NEW Devon CCG proposes to remove all in-patient beds from the hospital. More information can be found on the Sidmouth Herald newspaper website .
Look at this page to view the developments that will affect the hospital’s future. We will keep you updated wherever possible with the latest news.
Consultation on Possible Bed Closures – Outcome
The Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has announced the result on its review of the availability of beds in community hospitals throughout its area in Devon.
Comforts Fund Chairman’s Comment
The Comforts Fund chairman Graham Vincent says
“Over the last 6 months staff at our hospital along with the local community had the threat of losing all its inpatient beds from Sidmouth Hospital.
The NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW CCG) had been forced to make massive savings to avert a black hole of nearly £400 million in its budget, with recommendations to close 71 of its 143 community hospital inpatient beds.
A 6 month consultation started in October 2016 stating a preferred option that would see Sidmouth Victoria Hospital losing all of its 16 beds. The next 3 months of the consultation period saw the trustees of the Comforts Fund along with the local community working tremendously hard to make a case for review and possible reconsideration of the NEW CCG’s preferred option.
Many meetings along with a petition of over five and a half thousand signatures and a campaign to save our beds by the Sidmouth Herald took place.
A NEW CCG Governing Body meeting on 2nd March 2017 made the final decision in Sidmouth’s favour to increase inpatient beds from 16 to 24 in Sidmouth Hospital , with 16 beds at Exmouth and 32 beds at Tiverton Hospitals respectively.”