This week 50 years ago: New hospital for Weston-super-Mare announced

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 February 2017

Weston General Hospital's nurses in 1964.

Weston General Hospital's nurses in 1964.

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It is 50 years ago this week the Government gave the go-ahead for a new hospital to be built in Weston-super-Mare – although it took nearly 20 years until it became a reality.

The Boulevard hospital, which opened in 1927. Picture: John Crockford-HawleyThe Boulevard hospital, which opened in 1927. Picture: John Crockford-Hawley

In a strange coincidence, almost 50 years to the day, it has been announced big changes are afoot for Weston General Hospital in 2017, where its A&E department faces being scaled back.

But in February 1967, the ‘jubilant’ MP for Weston, David Webster, said news of a new hospital was ‘marvellous’.

Weston's MP David Webster at the Yatton and Claverham Conservative Association Garden Party. Mr Webster had been campaigning for a new hospital to be built in Weston.Weston's MP David Webster at the Yatton and Claverham Conservative Association Garden Party. Mr Webster had been campaigning for a new hospital to be built in Weston.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Webster asked the Minister of Health when he proposed to authorise a new hospital in Weston.

Julian Snow replied: “The building of a new general hospital in Weston has already been approved and the regional hospital board hopes to start work on the first phase in 1969/70.”

The hospital in Grange Road was not opened until 1986.The hospital in Grange Road was not opened until 1986.

Mr Webster told the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald: “This is marvellous. I have been fighting for this for the eight years since I became MP.

“It is high time this hospital was built.”

Unfortunately, it was not until 1986 that the hospital was finally opened in Grange Road.

* Click here for more information about changes at Weston General Hospital’s A&E department.

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