The information booklet for the eight week public engagement on Weston General Hospital services.
Have your say on services at Weston General Hospital
This eight week engagement has now closed. You can find out about future engagements and consultations for the Weston area on the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG website .
We published the independent feedback report on this engagement , prepared by Healthwatch North Somerset, in our July Governing Body meeting.
The report will be used to help develop our ideas into more detailed proposals, which will be presented to NHS England and the Clinical Senate in the summer.
Any proposal which recommends a significant change to the way services are delivered will then involve a 12 week consultation with you later this year.
We will be following the national guidelines for public consultation and there will be plenty of opportunity for the public to get involved and have their say.
About the engagement
Weston General Hospital is a crucial part of the local NHS in the south west. It is in the heart of the main community it serves, has excellent resources and caring staff.
However, being part of the smallest acute Trust in England, the hospital has struggled with increasing demand for services, the long-term recruitment of doctors in some specialties and delivering services within the money available. Many of these issues have been ongoing for years despite intense efforts locally and regionally to resolve them.
As with any hospital, the services provided are part of a wider system of care and all partners are committed to making Weston General Hospital a success and a permanent part of the local health system.
Working with health and social care partners, we have developed a number of ideas that we are confident will help secure the future of the hospital - but they are not fixed plans and we held this eight week engagement to hear what you think of them.
There is no doubt that things need to change because some services are not sustainable in their current form and all the services needed to support a growing population cannot be provided from one relatively small hospital.
We need a solution that makes the best use of the hospital facilities, with the best mix of staff that gets the best outcomes for patients.