No long-term decision made on hospital A&E says CCG
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 April 2018
No decisions about the long-term future of Weston's A&E have been made, health bosses have reiterated this week.
Speculation has been rife over the past few days that the newly-merged Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) had made a decision on the hospital’s emergency department behind closed doors.
A&E has been closed ‘temporarily’ overnight since July and the status quo remains.
Julia Ross, chief executive of BNSSG CCG, said: “No decisions have been made about the future for A&E at Weston General Hospital and any permanent significant changes to services would be subject to full public consultation.
“The overnight closure of the hospital’s A&E remains a temporary measure.
“Over the coming months, further work will continue to refine our proposals for the provision of urgent and emergency care services in North Somerset including A&E services at Weston, and we plan to publish our proposals in the autumn.
“Together with Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT), which runs Weston hospital, we want to make sure people in North Somerset have access to safe, high quality, sustainable urgent and emergency care services, as close to home as possible.
“Patients with life-threatening emergencies and injuries, such as a massive stroke, heart attack or major trauma have always gone to larger, more specialist hospitals in Bristol and Taunton for treatment rather than to Weston and this will continue going forward.
“This is part of a wider programme called Healthy Weston: joining up services for better care in the Weston area, which is looking at how our existing services can work better together to provide greater joined-up care for patients and how some services could be delivered differently in the future to make this happen.
“In relation to urgent and emergency care this includes looking at alternative ways of offering care to patients normally seen in A&E without the need to admit them via an A&E, and at the types of urgent and emergency services best provided by Weston or neighbouring hospitals in Bristol and Taunton.”
WAHT is the smallest health trust in England and Wales and in January a potential merger with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust was revealed.