residents can have their say on Weston Hospital
and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to have their say
on Weston General Hospital at a local 'community engagement' event
can express their views about the future of services at Weston General
Hospital at the event on Tuesday 28th March at the Oaktree Arena,
Bristol Road, Edithmead, Highbridge form 7pm-9pm.
It comes as NHS North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG),
working with NHS Somerset CCG, has launched an eight-week engagement
on services at Weston General Hospital and is hosting several public
events for people to attend and give their views.
Places at the event are limited so those intertested should register
their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01275
Mary Backhouse, Local GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS North
Somerset CCG, which is responsible for planning and buying healthcare
for the local population, explained: "Weston General Hospital
is a crucial part of the local NHS but it faces particular challenges
because of its size."
"We want people to come to our public engagement events so
we can hear their views and listen to their experiences of services
at Weston General Hospital."
General Hospital plays an important role in the emergency and urgent
care network in the Burnham-On-Sea area. However, in common with
hospitals throughout the region and nationally, services at Weston
General face increasing demand from a growing and ageing population.
To add to this, as the smallest acute hospital trust in England,
Weston General Hospital says it is "struggling to keep up with
growing demand for services and faces particular challenges in being
able to recruit and retain doctors in certain specialties."
Working with health and social care partners, the CCG has developed
a number of ideas that it is "confident will help secure the
future of the hospital" but they are not fixed plans and the
CCG wants to know what you think.
Dr Ed Ford, Chairman of NHS Somerset CCG, added: "A quarter
of the people living in North Sedgemoor and West Mendip make use
of the services of Weston General Hospital and I therefore encourage
them to find out about these hospital proposals and share their
views, either by attending one of the forthcoming meetings or obtaining
a copy of the engagement document. Its your NHS and its
your opportunity to share your views."
You can read about the ideas on the CCGs website at www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk/wgh-engagement
and also provide feedback online. The engagement period closes on
Thursday 6th April 2017.