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Further plan to downgrade Weston Hospital in the horizon?

by mikebell on 9 April, 2019

Weston’s A&E could be downgraded to an urgent treatment centre within two years, if potential suggestions are endorsed by health bosses.

Proposals to shut A&E overnight are already being pursued, but a new report has revealed these may well be just the start of reducing emergency care at Weston General Hospital.

Longer-term ideas include scrapping critical care and consultant posts.

North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – which decides which services are run at the hospital – has stressed nothing has been decided or will be imminently on these further suggestions.

Councillor Mike Bell said: “As I’ve been warning for a while, the NHS plans long-term to downgrade Weston Hospital and close our A&E altogether. Hospital doctors describe the plan as “horrifying”, and they are right.

“I’m totally opposed to the planned A&E changes and the loss of emergency surgery and care beds. I’ll continue to do everyone can to argue against this and persuade the NHS to rethink. They can start by immediately giving the hospital doctors alternative model for A&E a trial run. If it works, it can make some of the arguments for the changes redundant.”

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  1. Joan darby says:

    I have had personal experience of the what the overnight closure of A&E can have with my late husband.
    At the moment I have a friend with a relative in Southmead. In one week she has paid out nearly £100 in petrol, parking etc. Never mind the trauma for her of having to travel daily. which is extremely wearing. Weston Hospital was brilliant on may occasions when my husband was ill. But we did have a couple of episodes of having to go to Bristol and it was a nightmare.Weston is a growing town and it is absolutely vital that we have a fully functional hospital and A&E NOT A COTTAGE HOSPITAL.

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