In pictures: Candlelit vigil and protests held in bid to get Weston General Hospital’s A&E re-opened

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure.

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure. - Credit: Archant

More than 50 people attended a vigil at Weston General Hospital which marked two months of the temporary closure of A&E.

Campaigners at a candlelit vigil held to mark two months of the A&E overnight closure.

Campaigners at a candlelit vigil held to mark two months of the A&E overnight closure. - Credit: Archant

The department is closed from 10pm to 8am each night, a move instigated in the wake of a damning inspection which ruled it was unsafe.

The hospital is trying to recruit enough doctors to make A&E safe at night, but in the meantime patients are treated elsewhere at night.

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure.

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure. - Credit: Archant

MORE: Why did Weston General Hospital’s A&E close overnight?

The vigil on Monday marked two months of the closure and it was followed by a protest on Tuesday ahead of a hospital board meeting.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department. - Credit: Archant

People at the events were calling on the hospital to set a target date for the emergency department to re-open fully.


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Helen Thornton, of Protect Our NHS North Somerset, said: “The vigil went really well. The main purpose of it was to raise awareness.

“Weston is growing and there’s large numbers of houses being built which means there are more and more people in Weston who need a 24-hour A&E.”

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department. - Credit: Archant

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department. - Credit: Archant

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department. - Credit: Archant

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure.

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure. - Credit: Archant

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure.

Weston General Hospital - candelit vigil being held to mark 2 months of A&E closure. - Credit: Archant

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department. - Credit: Archant

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department.

People protesting against the continuing closure of Weston's A&E department. - Credit: Archant

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