Both the CCG and the consultant body recognise the clear need to deliver health and care services differently - including hospital services - as our population grows and health needs change. We are all committed to ensuring the very best possible care for people across Weston, Worle, Winscombe and the surrounding areas including North Sedgemoor.
As part of the Healthy Weston programme, we will be launching a public consultation on proposals to change and improve local health services in the coming weeks. The proposal developed by the consultant body for delivering urgent and emergency services will be fully considered, as will any further suggestions for improvement that the public, staff and stakeholders might have. There are clear evaluation criteria in place to assess any proposals, which have been established to prioritise safety, quality and sustainability.
We have found through our recent constructive discussions, that there are key similarities between the model proposed by consultants and the options the CCG has been putting together over the last 18 months alongside clinicians, health professionals and others. For example, we all want to explore the potential to admit more patients directly onto wards overnight where appropriate, reduce unnecessary waits and improve access to specialist care.
We look forward to working further together throughout the course of the consultation, and are jointly committed to shaping services that meet local people’s needs now and in the future.