Weston General Hospital will temporarily stop accepting new patients, including into its A&E department, as of 8am today (Monday 25 May 2020).
This is a precautionary measure in order to maintain the safety of staff and patients in response to the high number of patients with Coronavirus in the hospital.
The decision to take this step has been clinically-led, and is supported by partners across the wider Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) health and care system.
Arrangements are in place for new patients to continue to have access to treatment and care in other appropriate healthcare settings in the area should they need it.
Dr William Oldfield, medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As with any hospital, the number of patients with COVID-19 will frequently change as people are admitted and discharged.
“We currently have a high number of patients with COVID-19 in Weston General Hospital. Whilst the vast majority will have come into the hospital with COVID-19, as an extra precaution we have taken the proactive step to temporarily stop accepting new patients to maintain patient and staff safety.
“This is a clinically-led decision and we are being supported by our system partners to ensure that new patients receive the care and treatment they need in the appropriate setting, and we are continuing to provide high quality care to existing patients who are being treated in the hospital.
“We have a robust Coronavirus testing programme in place for patients and staff to identify cases quickly, with appropriate measures taken by clinical teams as required.
“We will keep the situation under constant review.”
View the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust Questions and Answers document about these temporary changes at Weston General Hospital
A number of alternative services are in place including:
The Out of Hours GP service is available during evenings and weekends and can be arranged through the NHS111 service. Please contact NHS 111 at any time using 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Information about access to GP surgeries during normal hours can be found online.
Urgent care services
The Minor Injuries Units in Clevedon and Yate, and Urgent Treatment Centre in South Bristol offer fast, walk-in treatment for minor injuries such as cuts, sprains and broken bones. Units are available from 8am to 8pm on each day. For further information, see the Sirona care & health website at www.sirona-cic.org.uk
The Minor Injuries Unit at Bridgwater Community Hospital is open 7 days a week 8am-9pm (last patient admitted 8.30pm). People can call 01278 436 555 or walk in. For further information visit https://somersetft.nhs.uk/minor-injury-units/
NHS111 is available 24 hours a day at 111.nhs.uk
View the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust Questions and Answers document about these temporary changes at Weston General Hospital.