Local communities celebrate opening of the Budleigh Salterton Hub

Posted on: 30 April 2018

Devon County Council’s lead Councillor responsible for adult social care and health services says the official opening of the Budleigh Hub will be a true celebration for the community.

The former Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital building is enjoying a new lease of life since community based NHS health services, alongside voluntary and private sector care services, took up residence.

Since it opened last September, the hub has received more than 2,000 patient visits so far to any of its wide range of open access services, including an NHS outpatient clinic, day centre, gym, health and wellbeing services such as diabetes and weight management support, dementia support, carers support, exercise classes, a nursery and more.

And it’s supporting communities in Woodbury and Exmouth, as well as Budleigh Salterton and surrounding villages and hamlets. It’s catchment area includes nearly 50,000 residents.

The Hub is a joint project developed by NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG), Westbank Community Health and Care based in Exminster, the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and NHS Property Services.

The local community will be celebrating the Hub’s official opening on Friday 4 May.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for adult social care and health services said:

“I’m delighted to be attending the Hub’s official opening this Friday. Statutory health and social care services are working ever more closely together and in partnership with voluntary and private sector care organisations in order to support people to be as independent as possible. Budleigh’s Hub is an excellent example of agencies coming together with that one shared goal, and already, since first opening its doors last September, its popularity demonstrates how valued it is by local residents.”

Cllr Christine ChannonLocal Devon County Councillor Christine Channon, as Chairman of the Budleigh and District Health and Care Team, was part of the process that kickstarted plans for the hub years ago. She said:

“It’s great that what began as an aspiration, has now been fulfilled. A good deal of the effort is due to the dynamic support of the Budleigh Hospital League of Friends, chaired by Dr David Evans, which paid for the refurbishment of the building. The Hub is truly an excellent centre that is meeting the many different needs of our local communities in a very innovative way.”

The Hub is run by Westbank. Mary Nisbett, Chief Executive of Westbank, said:

“Westbank, along with partners who have worked on this project for over four years, are all delighted to see the Budleigh Hub open. Our services focus on preventing people becoming unwell, reducing loneliness and isolation and providing the local community with a health and wellbeing hub to be proud of.”

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