Further meetings and drop-in sessions are planned to take place over the future of Torrington Community Hospital.
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are looking at ways to enhance engagement with local residents over the Torrington Community Cares project.
The project includes proposals to close ten in-patient beds at the hospital.
Instead of people being treated in the hospital as an in-patient, they will be treated at home by community rehabilitation and nursing teams. Outpatient clinics will continue as normal.
Despite opposition to the scheme, including from Torridge District Council and the MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox, NDHT and the CCG are pushing ahead with the plans and are seeking ideas on making the best use of Torrington Community Hospital in the long-term.
A public meeting will take place at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington at 6pm on Thursday, September 12, on the matter. Further public meetings are being planned and more details will be announced soon.
Drop-in sessions will continue to take place at Torrington Community Hospital every Friday from 10am to midday.
Kate Lyons, NDHT’s director of operations, said: “We are committed to continuing the frank and open dialogue with the local community and actively encourage people to attend either a drop-in session or one of the upcoming public meetings.
“We want you to tell us your thoughts about how your local community hospital could be best used in the future.”
Dr Chris Bowman, vice chairman of the Northern Locality of the CCG, said: “We want to get the message out to the local community about how they can get involved with the project as we feel it is important we hear the voice of local people.
“While we have already arranged one public meeting and are planning others, we’d love to hear suggestions about where else we could get out and about to speak to you, whether this may be at community groups or village meetings.”
Inpatient beds will be open as the engagement process continues.