Dartmouth Area Healthcare Action Group

The formation of this group began when the Torbay Health trust closed the Dartmouth Cottage Hospital before finding an alternative location to serve Dartmouth’s healthcare needs. After their negotiations with the owners of River-View, a private care facility, collapsed Dartmouth was left without suitable healthcare facilities, including sufficient beds to meet the needs of the community

This was followed by a well attended public meeting with our local MP Dr Sarah Wollaston at St Saviors Church and resulted in the formation of the Dartmouth Healthcare Action Group.

Chaired by Michael Mills this group is campaigning on behalf of the people of Dartmouth to secure adequate healthcare services and beds for, what is effectively, an isolated community, surrounded by the river Dart.

This website will keep the community informed on progress with our negotiations. We will publish news here:

17/08/2019   –  report on beds available from Beacon Court

Please see below a copy report of a visit to Beacon Court  undertaken by a retired NHS professional. I believe we have been further misled as these beds are not dedicated to Dartmouth patients and thus could be used by people outside Dartmouth and our residents would have to go elsewhere as they are. It is also notable that there is no segregation between patients with dementia and those without .I know from my own experience with my Mother that she found it disturbing being mixed with people with dementia problems.

Mike Mills

Chairman DAHAG

Click below to download the report:

27/07/2019  –   Press release from the NHS Trust and CCG

The NHS Trust in conjunction with the CCG and SHDC have issued a press release regarding the provision of our new Health and Wellbeing center in the Park and Ride overflow car park. Read the release here


Mike Mills interviewed on BBC Spotlight: 25/07/2019

Mike Mills was interviewed on BBC Spotlight on the 25th July 2019. He gave the opinion of the DAHAG group to the proposed development of a Health and Wellbeing center on the current overflow car park in Dartmouth. Click to see Spotlight video with Mike’s interview about 13 minutes in:



23/06/2019 Latest update video from Mike Mills our Chairman:


22/06/2019 New press release from the NHS Trust:  Click image below to download file.

20/06/2019  Mike Mills on Radio Devon

Mike Mills, Chairman of DAHAG   was invited and commented on BBC Radio Devon yesterday Thursday at 8.20 , to hear the interview click below and move forward to 2hr 18mins and 40 seconds

Kings Fund Report on Beds in the NHS

03 – 04 – 2019

DAHAG Chairman Mike Mills responds to Sarah Wollaston MP after a phone conversation

13 – 3 2019

Understanding beds in Health and Social Care

A presentation by Lee Baxter November 2018

To download this power point presentation click on the title page below:

8 – 3 – 2019

For your information – the next meeting of the Dartmouth Healthcare Action Group will take place at the Guildhall, Council chamber – 0900 on Monday18 March 2019

27 – 2 – 2019

Public Meeting
There is a public meeting on Friday 1 st March in the Guildhall
Between 2p.m. and 5 p.m. where the following members of
the South West Ambulance Service Trust will be in attendance to answer the communities’s questions about the

Jessica Cunningham Director of Ops

Kevin McSherry County Commander South &
West Devon

David Harper Deputy Commander



20th February – Huffington Post leads on the closure of Cottage Hospitals including Dartmouth

29 January 2019   Dartmouth Health and Wellbeing Centre Working Group   –    Draft Minutes

29-1-2019  Letters and Responses from Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

See an extract from Dr Wollaston’s website including her letter to the Torbay CCG and their response in January reports.


2-1-2019   Notes from the last meeting with NHS SOUTH DEVON AND TORBAY CCG

Dear all

Please find attached the notes for the last meeting.

Best wishes and Happy Christmas

Jenny Turner

Head of Integrated Care South, South Devon and Torbay and NEW Devon CCGs

Pomana House, Oak View Close, Torquay, TQ2 7FF

Tel: 01803 396421

20-12-2018 A reply to our letter to the Secretary of State for Health: can be seen in December Reports


Latest video report from Mike Mills Chairman DAHAG  18-12-2018   See December reports

Radio Devon interview with Lesley Darke Director of estates at the Torbay Health Trust – see December reports


6-12-2018        Email exchange between Mike Mills and Pierre Landell-Mills   –  see December report


5-12-2018       To see email sent today from Mike Mills to Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust see December reports


13-11-2018    Our letter to The Right Honourable Matt Hancock M.P. , Secretary of State for Health and Social Care sent on the  13th November 2018 is available under November reports.


An exchange of emails between DAHAG Chairman Mike Mills and the Torbay NHS Trust has now been moved to November reports on this website:

Note these emails have been redacted to remove email addresses.


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