Many of you may be wondering what’s happening with Seaton Hospital, especially following the closure of the in-patient beds in late 2017.
As a result of the bed closures, 38% of the space in the building is empty. NHS Property Services own the site and charge occupiers, including the NHS who run 50 clinics and the Health & Social Care Team, for the remaining space and underwrite the costs of the empty space. This begged the question about what would happen in the future as NHS Property Services will not do this indefinitely.
As I was concerned that the hospital site could be sold with the danger of losing the building altogether I set up a Seaton Area Health Matters group last year to start looking at the subject. A steering group, that includes 2 GP’s from the 2 local practices, has been working on writing a business plan to establish a Health & Wellbeing Hub at the site that would utilise the whole building. The business plan was sent to the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Trust at the beginning of April and a meeting to discuss the next steps will be taking place in late May. The action taken so far proves that we are pro-active in tackling issues that will affect everyone and not just making promises about we will do in the future