Exbourne with Jacobstowe Parish Council
If you have some spare time at weekends or during the week, maybe you'd be interested in carrying out some maintenance work on behalf of the Parish. If so, please contact the Clerk on 07711 255525.
Emergency Assistance Volunteers
Exbourne and Jacobstowe are looking for volunteers to to come forward and help to coordinate assistance to the vulnerable in emergencies such as flooding, snow and ice. If you think you can help, please contact the Clerk on 07711 255525
Permits; the power is in your hands
Virtual parking with an online portal that you can manage.
From now on any resident who lives in South Ham or West Devon who pays for parking permits, would like to apply for parking permits, or who would like to change their parking permit, can do so online.
Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Member for Commercial Services at West Devon Borough Council, said: “Gone are the days when parking permits were bits of paper that you stick in your windscreen. Following the introduction of virtual permits we wanted to make it even easier for our residents to manage their permits themselves. We are aware that many households have multiple permits for different reasons, for work, for home, for their sibling or visitors. This new permit portal gives all our residents the power to manage all their permits from the comfort of their own home, on a mobile phone, tablet or home PC at any time of the day they wish.”
Both authorities have been encouraging residents to manage their contact with the Council through the internet for some time now. This has seen the number of online transactions jump by 140% in the last 12 months.
Cllr Rufus Gilbert, Executive Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services at South Hams District Council said: “We all live in a 24/7 society now, where we expect to be able to interact with companies and do business with companies at our own convenience. By introducing this new portal we are not only giving our residents the ability to do exactly that, but we are also saving them valuable taxpayers money. If simple transactions can be can be carried out online by customers, our officers have more availability to concentrate on the more complex issues. I think everyone can agree, the more streamlined and efficient the Council can be the better this is for the Taxpayer.”
Anyone wanting help to register for their parking permit is welcome to come to reception at one of the Council Officers for help. Or visit www.southhams.gov.uk/permits and www.westdevon.gov.uk/permits to sign up today.
5 June 2018
New provider for Hatherleigh and Shebbear surgeries An established local provider has been appointed to take over the running of Hatherleigh Medical Centre and Beech House surgery in Shebbear. NHS England has awarded the contract for both surgeries to Holsworthy Doctors. The changeover will take place on 3 August, when Dr Francis Fernandez retires. Holsworthy Doctors operate the Holsworthy Medical Centre - rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission - and have recently acquired the contract for Stratton Medical Centre, just over the border in Cornwall. The appointment follows a procurement process that attracted several interested parties. With all practices paid at the same basic rate per patient, both quality and cost elements were taken into account when assessing submissions. Staff will be able to transfer their employment to Holsworthy Doctors, so patients should continue to see familiar faces. Letters about Dr Fernandez’s retirement were originally sent to all 3,900 patients in March. Follow-up letters have now been sent to explain the position and to ask that people continue to book appointments and use the surgeries as they have always done. Dr Fernandez will work with NHS England and the new provider over coming weeks to ensure that the handover is as smooth as possible. Amanda Fisk, Director of Assurance and Delivery at NHS England, said: “We’re really pleased to award the contract to Holsworthy Doctors. Their submission was impressive, especially its focus on the needs of patients and the quality of service. “It’s always a difficult time when a doctor retires, but we’re very confident that this will be the best way of securing good care for patients after a period of uncertainty.” Dr Andrew Brown, partner at Holsworthy Medical Centre, said: “We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone at Hatherleigh and Shebbear – staff and patients alike. “We want to talk about what we can offer and how we can build on the good things going on at both surgeries.”
For more information please contact: Glen Everton NHS England Tel 0113 824 8770