Shortage of staff closes inpatient ward indefinitely
Inpatient services at Moretonhampstead Community Hospital have been suspended for an indefinite period.
All other clinics and outpatient sessions are continuing as normal.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been forced to temporarily close the six inpatient beds due to staff shortages.
Dr John Coop, associate medical director, said: "Despite our best efforts to put in place a resilient staffing model for the inpatient beds, the challenge of providing a safe and sustainable clinical service in such a rurally isolated unit has proved too great."
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During the closure, the intention is for people who may ordinarily have been an inpatient to be treated at home by the trust's community nursing teams.