Could you join the hospital’s patient council?

PUBLISHED: 11:02 15 April 2017

Ann Harley, Jeanette Carter, Pat Sokol and Maggie Blackmore from the patient council.

Ann Harley, Jeanette Carter, Pat Sokol and Maggie Blackmore from the patient council.


A group which works to improve services at Weston General Hospital is calling upon people from North Somerset to join its ranks.

Weston General Hospital is run by Weston Area Health NHS Trust and it is one of just a handful of hospitals in the country to have a patient council.

The council meets once a month – on a Thursday evening – to discuss the hospital. It has a space on the trust’s board and its members have regular catch-ups with the hospital’s top bosses.

The council is made up of 11 volunteers who offer up their time as and when they can, completing observations on the hospital’s wards, speaking with staff, helping out at inspections and more.

The council’s chair Maggie Blackmore said: “We are the critical friend of the trust. We work alongside the trust to improve things for patients and staff.”

Some of the things the group have worked to improve include dementia training, dignity for patients and ensuring hand sanitising stations were more prominent.

Maggie said: “One of the main things we picked up on was doctors not introducing themselves properly during ward rounds, but we reported it and it got a lot better.”

People on the council have a range of backgrounds, including working for the NHS in care or for North Somerset Council. The group’s members have various interests but one thing in common, a desire to improve the hospital.

Maggie said: “We have got space for three new members and we would like to hear from people from all walks of life who are interested in improving healthcare.”

To find out more or apply to join the council call 01934 647092 or email

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