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WE DEMAND THAT THE A&E DEPARTMENT AT WESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL IS RETAINED AT FULL CAPACITY!!
The Accident and Emergency Department at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital is under threat. It has been announced that from July 4th 2017 it will be closed from 10 pm to 8am every night,
The Weston Area Health Trust claim that this is down to patient safety concerns raised by a Care Quality Commission inspection done in the last few weeks, but in reality this has been planned as part of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for well over 6 months.
The Hospital Executive flatly denied this Closure was going to happen, and not without a full public consultation, when approached by the Weston Mercury http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-a-e-rumours-1-5051622
Only 6 Days later without consultation they announced the closure http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-a-e-to-close-overnight-1-5060288
Parents would you want a 30 mile journey in the middle of the night if your child falls ill?
Would you want an extra 30 mile journey to your nearest open A&E if you suffered a Heart Attack or Stroke in the night?
....and this is complicated by the current lack of sufficient ambulance cover across the whole of the West of England.
Contrary to the claims made by James Rimmer, Chief Executive of Weston General Hospital it's obvious that the downgrading can do nothing but damage patient safety, and we are concerned that this, so called, temporary solution will quickly become a permanent situation.
Weston's Conservative MP, John Penrose, agrees with the closure, calling it "essential", yet he made no mention of the closure during the General Election Campaign, which concluded only days before, even though this was raised at the local hustings he attended. http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-a-e-closure-reaction-1-5060981
The closure will also shift additional load onto our nearest neighbouring A&Es at Taunton Musgrove Park Hospital and The Bristol Royal Infirmary; both of these hospitals are facing their own cuts in A&E services under the STP..
Why should the residents of Weston-super-Mare be collateral damage to this Tory Government's unnecessary austerity cuts? Why is our A&E losing night time doctor cover? Other smaller hospitals are retaining theirs. With an expected resident population of 220,000 in the near future for North Somerset, our above average elderly population, and our increasing tourist trade bringing a huge summer surge, surely it's madness to reduce our emergency facilities? We had 200,000 visitors over the Air Show weekend (17-18 June 2017) alone!
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION
WE DEMAND THAT OUR A&E DEPARTMENT IS RETAINED AT FULL CAPACITY!! (This petition will be presented in to the Weston General Hospital Executive Board on 4th July 2017)