Hospital to review private suite future
PUBLISHED: 14:46 24 September 2012
PRIVATE healthcare at Weston General Hospital could be set for a big shake-up after doubts were raised over the future of one of its wards.
The long-term existence of The Waterside Suite is unclear after staff members revealed uncertainty over whether it will remain open.
The ward has provided private healthcare for Weston Area Health Trust (WAHT) since 1994 but a review will now be held to see whether it will remain open in its current guise.
A WAHT spokesman said nothing definite had been decided and the future of many departments at the Uphill site were being discussed.
She said: “As part of the Trust’s review of all services, we are reviewing the options around Waterside.
“It is our intention to retain a private patient facility for the foreseeable future.”
The review will look into various aspects including the usage of wards and the financial costs incurred. No imminent decision is expected and appointments currently scheduled will not be affected.
The decision to review the performance of all services comes on the back of concerns regarding the hospital trust’s financial stability.
In July this year WAHT and Great Western Ambulance Service were both named among a list of 20 health trusts in danger of bringing financial problems upon themselves. They were labelled as ‘clinically and financially unsustainable’ by the Department of Health. Both said plans were in place to avert any potential problems.