North Devon Council updated on plans for new NHS Foundation Trust
Two senior figures from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have this afternoon updated North Devon Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee on two key issues surrounding the hospital.
Director of Finance and Performace, Andy Robinson, gave an update on plans for Northern Devon Healthcare to become an NHS Foundation Trust.
This will see the creation of a membership organisation in which local people will be able to have more influence over service provisions.
He said there were three key elements involved in the transition.
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They include the need for the new organisation to be fully legally constituted, well governed and financially viable.
Mr Robinson said: "The process has been tortuous but the organisation is a stronger one for having gone through it."
He added that Northern Devon Healthcare is one of the last trusts to transform to an NHS Foundation Trust due to changes in the organisation's configuration over the last few years but that the transition is expected to be authorised by November 2013.
Chief Executive Jack Kelly also updated members on the latest situation with hospital beds both in Barnstaple and in various community hospitals.
She said NDDH has been on red alert due to high levels of sickness over the last week and that every available bed in the hospital is being used.
With regards to Tyrell Hospital in Ilfracombe having to close its 12 beds she stated it was a necessity due to the building's broken lift.
It was added that a care in the home scheme is looking at being rolled out to reduce the need for beds in community hospitals across North Devon.