Devon community hospitals: 72 beds will be lost

Honiton Community Hospital. Credit: ITV News

Health authorities have confirmed that inpatient facilities at four community hospitals in Devon are to close.

A total of 72 beds will be lost at Honiton, Okehampton, Seaton and Exeter Whipton Hospitals. But Sidmouth Hospital is to get some extra bed provision.

Clinical commissioners say more care will be provided at home - preventing unnecessary hospital admissions.