13 February 2019
Have your say on 'Healthy Weston' hospital proposals
Local residents are being invited to have their say on NHS
proposals to create a stronger and more focused Weston Hospital at
the heart of the local community.
The public consultation, launched today (13 February), follows 18
months of public engagement and discussion on the future of the
hospital that has involved dozens of public meetings and hundreds
of conversations with local people. The proposals - developed by
doctors, in partnership with local people and hospital staff - are
designed to better serve the needs of everyone in the local area,
including a growing number of frail older people, young families
with children, and people affected by mental illness.
Under the proposals, 24/7 urgent and emergency care would continue
to be provided at Weston Hospital, but in a different way. The
current temporary A&E opening times of 8am to 10pm would be
made permanent, supported by an improved out-of-hours service and
with more patients admitted directly onto wards overnight via GP
referral. The proposals out for formal consultation also feature
changes to the levels of emergency surgery and critical care that
can be provided at Weston Hospital.
The proposals are supported by a range of improvements to local
services, including plans to provide more routine surgery, such as
knee and hip operations, at Weston Hospital. They also include
enhancements to services for frail and older people, children's
urgent care services, mental health services and primary care (GP
services) in the Weston and Worle area.
Local GP and Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset and South
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Martin Jones said:
"We want a 21st century NHS for people in Weston and the
surrounding areas and that means providing more of the services
people need most often.
"While urgent and emergency care would continue to be provided for
local people around the clock, we would also be offering more
planned surgery and chemotherapy, so that people don't have to
travel as far for their regular treatment.
"Our longer term vision is for a local health and care service
that is integrated, responsive and fully reflective of local
people's needs. For example, we have more young families moving to
the area, so it's important that we increase the provision of
specialist children's urgent care.
"We also have a large number of people over the age of 70 in the
area, and so we are developing a new frailty service that will
ensure older people get the right care from mixed teams of doctors,
nurses, therapists and social care workers - both in the hospital,
but increasingly in the community.
"We believe that together these changes will help us deliver the
high-quality services we need now and in the future, and I hope
everyone with an interest in the local NHS will take the time to
share their views with us."
The public consultation runs until midday on Friday 24 May 2019
and copies of the consultation document will be available at local
GP practices, pharmacies, libraries and community centres. Copies
can also be downloaded from the 'Healthy Weston' web pages at https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/healthyweston/
A number of public engagement events and roadshows will also be
held providing further opportunities to hear more about the
proposals and share views. These include:
26 February Winter Gardens, Weston, 6.30-8.30pm
5 March The For All Healthy
Living Centre, Weston, 6.30-8.30pm
13 March Winscombe, 6.30-8.30pm (venue
TBC - check website for details)
14 March Princess Theatre, Burnham,
19 March Fairlands Middle School,
Cheddar, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
7 May The Campus,
9 May Somerset
Hall, Portishead, 6.30-8.30pm
15 May United Reformed
Church, Nailsea, 6.30-8.30pm
16 May Congresbury (venue
TBC - check website for details)
21 May Princes Hall
Community Centre, Clevedon, 6.30-8.30pm
23 May Winter Gardens,
Details of further events will be published on the Healthy Weston
web pages. No decisions on the future shape of services will be
made until later this year.
Read the full consultation document and fill out the response
You can book places at a full range of public engagement events