Call for public views on staffing in Somerset's Community Hospitals

Date: 18 December 2017

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is seeking comments as it looks to review its decision to temporarily close wards in three of its community hospitals and move the beds and staff to other local hospitals. These views will be taken into consideration as part of the Trust’s formal review at a Board meeting in February 2018.

The beds were moved from Chard and Shepton Mallet community hospitals as a matter of patient safety because of significant shortages in nursing staff. Dene Barton Community Hospital beds were moved in September to support the re-opening of specialist stroke beds in Williton.

The Trust has been working hard to recruit more nurses and at the February meeting, the Trust Board will consider whether Somerset Partnership can re-open the wards – this is the preferred option. If there are still not enough nurses in place to safely open all the wards and move staff back, the Board will need to consider whether to continue with some or all of the current temporary ward closures or whether to take different actions to ensure we can run our wards safely. Public comments will help inform these discussions.

The consultation runs until 22 January 2018.

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