This week 50 years ago: New hospital for Weston-super-Mare announced
PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 February 2017
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.
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’.
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.”
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.