Weston’s MP calls on health bosses to reopen A&E overnight
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Weston-super-Mare’s MP John Penrose has written to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ask it to consider a proposal for re-opening Weston’s A&E department overnight.
The hospital’s emergency department was closed overnight ‘temporarily’ in July 2017 due to a lack of staff and concerns for patients’ safety.
But Mr Penrose has backed proposals by consultants which would see inpatient teams supporting emergency doctors, which could reopen the A&E overnight, as reported by the Mercury yesterday (Thursday).
He said: “The question has never been should we bring back 24/7 emergency treatment and care to Weston, but how do we do it in a safe and sustainable way?
“This idea is in the early stages, but because of who it has come from – our hospital’s most senior doctors – the CCG needs to take it very seriously.
“We need to get everybody thinking about how best to get emergency treatment and care back online overnight as soon as possible.”
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Weston Town Council was told at a public meeting on Monday the hospital has now recruited enough doctors to sufficiently support the A&E.
Five options, with only one offering around-the-clock emergency care, will go to public consultation this year.
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