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 in 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 consultation on the Healthy Weston proposals has been
extended to midday on Friday 14 June as a result of the election
purdah period covering the local and European elections.
Public meetings have now been rearranged by Bristol, North
Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG to give local people the
opportunity to hear about and discuss what the proposals are and
what they mean for healthcare in the area.
Tuesday 28th May 6.30 - 8.30pm The Campus, Worle
Thursday 30th May 7 - 9pm Nailsea Methodist Church
Tuesday 4th June 7 - 9pm Clevedon Community Centre & Princes
Thursday 6th June 6.30 - 8.30pm Somerset Hall, Portishead
Thursday 13th June 6.30 - 8.30pm Weston-super-Mare Football
Places can be booked through the
Healthy Weston website
People wishing to get involved can also complete an online
Further information is available here
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