Ottery Health Matters is an index to resources in Ottery St Mary to find anything related to Health and Wellbeing. It includes pages on health and social care and volunteer organisations, as well as clubs, group, societies and associations – anything to do with staying active and well -in mind and body.

Ottery Health Matters is provided free, as a service to the people of Ottery St Mary, by the Ottery St Mary and District Health and Care Forum aka OSM H&CF.

There used to be 24 community hospitals in Devon and each had a Forum (Team) comprised of members of the public and hospital and health professionals and GP, plus representatives from Town/Parish/District and County Council, Hospital League of Friends; Police, Community Groups; Chemists; local Care Home(s); etc. etc., including the Complex Care Team Manager of the area.

The Teams always met in their respective community hospital… and (in those days) – over lunch to enable staff members to attend. Lunch was provided. There was no budget – nor pay for the ‘officers’, chair,secretary etc. There were annual meetings of all the Devon teams, but these were stopped some time ago when things started to change in the NHS.

Elli Pang eventually became chair of the Ottery Team, about eight years ago. They did quite a lot of actual work and for a while so did the other East Devon teams (incl. Ottery, Honiton, Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Budleigh) jointly. Over time some of the teams disappeared. Elli Pang got ‘permission’ (maybe 4 years ago) to try and re-start them – and she did;with the team Chairs meeting from time to time, and even reporting back to –and ‘engaging’ with the NEWCCG and any/all other parts of the local NHS and Social Services, and still does.