CROWDS poured into the Plough Arts Centre last night for a meeting on the future of Torrington Hospital.
Ten inpatients beds at the hospital could be replaced with community care.
During the meeting Dr Chris Bowman, vice chairman of the Northern Locality of the CCG, said there had been 91 admissions to the hospital in the last 12 months.
He said: “The number of admissions have decreased by 15 per cent every year.”
Currently the beds are not open at the hospital. Kate Lyons, NDHT’s director of operations said they should reopen early in October.
There will now be an eight-week consultation, which will start once the beds are open.
Three years ago Paul Bailey from Torrington suffered from an infection in his spine. The infection left him wheelchair bound.
He said he had to wait more than five hours for someone to visit him at home when he burnt his leg.
Mrs Lyons said the panel were unable to discuss individual cases.
Paul said: “They are brilliant nurses, but the management is diabolical. If they close beds they won’t cope.”
Despite the meeting being held on a week night Paul was pleased with the turn out.
“After a busy day at work it is a ridiculous time to hold a meeting.
“It was a good turnout. It shows the strength of the feeling in Torrington.”
This was the first of two public meetings held by The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The second will be held on Saturday at 10am at the Plough Arts Centre.