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Hospital beds merger halted

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has apologised for failing to consult people about Axminster Hospital Credit: ITV News

Health chiefs in Devon have apologised for failing to consult people about a decision to move beds from one hospital to another.

There was an angry reaction when it was announced that the in-patient unit at Axminster Hospital would be temporarily closed and moved to Seaton Hospital eight miles away to cope with nurse shortages in both sites.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has now halted the move and has started a four-week public consultation over whether the transfer should take place.

We know that within Devon and nationally we have significant staffing deficits, particularly with the nursing workforce, so on a daily basis we need to ensure we have the right staff in the right place to be able to give the right level of care to our patients.

What we clearly haven't done is we haven't been able to express to the public the clarity in the situation that we face.

This process intends to look at how we can get active dialogue to look at the problem we have and what solution we can get to in terms of what future for the hospital could be.

– Rob Sainsbury, Director of Operations, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Inquest into the death of Devon teenager who was hit by a train

15 year old George Werb was killed instantly in June last year Credit: ITV News

The inquest into the death of a East Devon teenager who was hit by a train has started today

Fifteen year old George Werb was killed instantly in June last year when he stepped out in front of the train at Seaton Junction.

His father Justin Werb said his youngest son was a very outgoing boy who acted and sang but withdrew into himself as he became unwell a couple of years before he died.

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USA thanks Seaton for its D-Day support

The United States of America has today honoured the East Devon town of Seaton for all it did to help US troops stationed there ahead of D-Day.

In this 70th anniversary year the son of one of those servicemen has given the town a plaque to thank local people for making the Americans so welcome.

Thousands of young men left here to become the first to land on Utah beach on 6th June 1944.

Seaton honoured by USA for helping WWII troops

Col. John Rudman (rtd) of the US Army along with Seaton Mayor Cllr Gaynor Sedgwick unveil the plaque. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

The United States of America has today honoured the East Devon town of Seaton for all it did to help US troops stationed there ahead of D-Day.

A plaque has been unveiled in the town this afternoon to thank Seaton residents for the support they gave to the young US servicemen who set out from here to Utah beach in Normandy in the first wave of attacks on June 6, 1944.

Memory cafe set up to combat dementia

Dementia is frequently a lonely and isolating experience for carers and those people who are suffering from the condition but through the efforts of volunteers - so called memory cafes are being set up - where people have the chance to talk about the illness - and how it affects their lives.

The latest cafe to open is in Seaton in East Devon and as Richard Lawrence reports is already generating huge interest.

Seaton beach cafe will reopen today

Seaton beach cafe will repopen today after being severely damaged by storms Credit: ITV West Country

A beach cafe in South East Cornwall that was destroyed by the winter storms will officially reopen today. The Seaton beach cafe was left in tatters after waves crashed through the village in January. It has been completely rebuilt after being closed since the beginning of February.

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Seaton Tramway to reopen tomorrow after storm repairs

Parts of the track foundations were washed away. Credit: ITV News/Seth Conway

The Seaton Tramway will reopen tomorrow. It has been closed since being damaged by storms in February.

Work has now been completed to reinstall large sections of the track foundations which had been washed away.

The tramway attracts more than 90,000 visitors every year.

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