Weston General Hospital appoints new medical director

PUBLISHED: 07:26 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:31 13 June 2017

Dr Peter Collins, the hospital’s new medical director.

Dr Peter Collins, the hospital’s new medical director.

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The trust which runs Weston General Hospital has appointed a new medical director, who will manage its consultants and trainee doctors.

Peter Collins.Peter Collins.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) has appointed Dr Peter Collins as its new medical director.

Dr Collins most recently worked as clinical chair for University Hospitals Bristol and also has experience in clinical research and training programmes.

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Dr Collins said: “Weston is a very special place to work; both rewarding and challenging with exceptional staff that are passionate about delivering good quality, safe patient care.

“I very much look forward to working closely with the team at Weston to continue our quality improvement work and improve the experiences of all those who use our services.”

The trust’s chief executive James Rimmer said Dr Collins is a ‘very experienced clinical leader’ and added: “I have full confidence that his rigorous approach will improve the quality of care that we deliver.”

The Weston-super-Mare hospital could be set for big changes in the future. Its clinical commissioning group (CCG) is looking at four ideas; scaling back its A&E department, changing the set up of its operating theatres, and adapting the number of intensive care and high-dependency beds.

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Dr Collins said he wants to deliver a clear plan for the future services at the hospital, and added: “It’s important that we’re able to outline what a future health model will look like in Weston, working together with our local CCG and colleagues in North Somerset.

“Another key area will be forging closer links and working partnerships with our health and social care partners, including colleagues across the Bristol and North Somerset regions, so that we’re able to continue delivering good quality, effective care to our patients, now and in future.”

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