About Healthy Weston

Healthy Weston is the vision for joining up services for better care in Weston-super-Mare, Worle and surrounding areas. This includes the future for services at Weston General Hospital.

The vision was developed by local health and care partners talking and listening to staff, stakeholders, patients, carers and the public about providing the best possible health and care services suitable for people’s needs and sustainable – for the long-term.

Local people’s current and future needs are changing and there is increasing demand on local services as well as wide variation in people’s health and life chances.

Delivering Healthy Weston will mean that we can support people to stay well and care for people closer to home in a joined-up way across different services. And when people do need specialist hospital treatment, we will be able to provide the highest quality care and then help patients get home again quickly, as soon as they are well enough.

To do this we have been looking closely at how existing services are organised and delivered and how they could work together to provide better joined-up care for patients.  This will also help ensure services are delivered to national quality standards and can be provided within available funding.

The process

To achieve our ambition for Weston General Hospital and design our exemplar local hospital our clinicians are following a robust and thorough process.

There are five principal stages:

  • Stage One: In October 2017 we published the Healthy Weston Commissioning Context, and undertook our co-design work with local people
  • Stage Two: Review and detailed analysis of health services in Weston; design of potential options for new ways of delivering care to meet changing needs
  • Stage Three: Formal public consultation on the proposals for change
  • Stage Four: Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG will consider responses to the consultation together with all the available evidence and make a decision about what changes it wants to progress
  • Stage Five: Implementation of any changes. This stage will require detailed planning and delivery.  Implementation may take several years.

We are currently in Stage Two – reviewing and analysing evidence and developing and discussing potential clinical designs for new ways of delivering care to meet changing needs.

We have involved patients, carers, staff and local people throughout this programme of work to date, and we will continue to do so. We intend to run a public consultation in early 2019.  No final decisions or changes will be made until after that.  The final decision on the future shape of services will be made by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) later next year, taking all the evidence gathered from its review and the public consultation into account.

Diagram to show the five stages