Delays to re-opening beds at Wellington Community Hospital

Date: 11 January 2019

Plans to re-open inpatient beds at Wellington Community Hospital later this month have been delayed due to continued challenges in staffing vacancies, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has announced.

The latest review of nursing staffing levels across all community hospitals shows recent changes in staffing which mean that the inpatient ward at Wellington Community Hospital cannot safely reopen as planned.

Andy Heron, Chief Operating Officer at Somerset Partnership, said:

“This has been a difficult decision but given that our staffing position remains challenged, one made in the best interests of patient safety.

“I realise this is disappointing news for the local community but after recent staff changes, reopening the ward as we had planned would bring our overall nurse vacancies rate close to 20 percent within our community hospitals. We cannot deliver care safely carrying this overall level of vacancies.

“We continue to advertise and interview new nurses and we monitor our recruitment progress on a weekly basis.”