Report: Community Hospitals Consultation 2017

We received more than 350 consultation responses, and we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who contributed. 

last September, Somerset Partnership decided that in order to maintain patient safety in the light of the deteriorating staffing position (shortage of nurses), we needed urgently to consolidate our 222 inpatient hospital beds into 10 community hospital sites and temporarily close the inpatient wards at Dene Barton, Chard and Shepton Mallet Community Hospitals.

In October 2017, the Board reviewed the position, and agreed the temporary closures should remain in place. The Board also commissioned a further review to be presented at the February 2018 Board meeting and launched a public consultation during December 2017 and January 2018 to inform this review.

This further review will be considered at the next Board meeting on Tuesday 6 February. The full papers for this Board meeting can be found here (under 2018 Board Papers).

The meeting will be held at 9.00am on Tuesday 6 February 2018 in the Conference Room, The Academy, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5DA. This meeting is held in public, and there is guidance on how to ask questions of the Board here.

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If you are a patient or carer who is affected by these temporary closures, we can help you.  Please call the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01278 432022 or email The PALS Service is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.