North Somerset Weston Hospital public meeting report

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Summary of report content

Weston Area Health Trust is not able to meet the requirements of Foundation Trust status due to the size of its budgets and workforce. As it is not able to become a Foundation Trust on its own, the alternatives for the Trust are either, to be acquired by another NHS organisation or to find a partner to manage and run the services . If a private hospital provider took over the running of Weston General Hospital it would remain within the NHS, with NHS staff and NHS patients. There has been a great deal of publicity and speculation in the local and national media about the future of Weston General Hospital and the Healthwatch North Hospital Public Meeting 10/12/2013. Somerset Public meeting was held to give a voice to the public and to seek their views on the future of the hospital. The meeting took place on Tuesday 10th December from 10.30am-12noon at the Vintage Church, Hughenden Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2UR and was attended by 30 members of the public. The findings highlighted it was clear from the meeting that the public did not fully understand what is happening at Weston General Hospital and that there was a great deal of misinformation and concern about the future of the hospital. Despite a wide range of information disseminated by Weston Area Health Trust (WAHT) including a dedicated website ( it was evident that this information had not reached the public effectively. It was also clear that the public value Weston General Hospital and sought reassurance about its future.

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General details

Report title 
North Somerset Weston Hospital public meeting report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch North Somerset
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 10 December, 2013
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 10 December, 2013
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 10 December, 2013
Type of report 
Key themes 
Information providing
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Acute services with overnight beds
Acute services without overnight beds / listed acute services with or without overnight beds

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.