Independent report on Coronavirus outbreak management at Weston General Hospital published

An independent report which focuses on lessons learned from the lead-up to the closure and the reopening of Weston General Hospital earlier this year has been published.

  • 22 December 2020

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The report, commissioned on behalf of our area’s Outbreak Control Team describes the situation facing the hospital and wider health and care system at the time as ‘unprecedented’ and one that ‘had not been experienced or tested elsewhere’.

It highlights areas of good practice and improvement for health and care organisations across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

A number of recommendations are outlined, including:

  • Bringing the area’s health and care data together in a standardised way to support better understanding of trends and improve the early detection of issues.
  • Reviewing incident guidance to ensure a single system approach and clear lines of accountability.

The report also highlights some ‘excellent areas of practice’; including collective leadership and a robust immediate response to the hospital’s temporary closure.

Rosi Shepherd, Director of Nursing and Quality at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

When system-wide incidents occur, the most important thing alongside the initial response is that we learn, consolidate that learning, and improve.

Patient and public safety is our first priority. We will be embedding all the learning and recommendations into a single system action plan and taking these forward together.

We are also keen to contribute to the wider understanding of outbreak management by sharing our learning with other areas of the country.

The action plan will be developed and overseen by the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Performance Oversight Group (POG).

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