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Vigil to be held following A&E closure at Weston General

Protestors against the closure gathered outside the hospital earlier this year. Credit: ITV West Country

A candlelit vigil has been scheduled to take place from 8.30pm tonight, Monday 4th September at Weston General Hospital.

It is in protest of the overnight closure of the hospital's A&E department. Patients have had to travel to Bristol or Taunton for emergency treatment.

A second protest is also set to hold tomorrow at 9am during the board meeting.

The Weston Area Health NHS Trust says the closure is a temporary move, after a Care Quality Commission report labelling the department as 'inadequate' was published.

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Staff 'coping incredibly well' says Chief Executive at Weston General Hospital

The Chief Executive of Weston General Hospital has said his staff are not to blame for a damning report which has forced the hospital to close its Emergency department overnight.

The report from the Care Quality Commission found the hospital was unsafe because of a lack of senior doctors.

But James Rimmer, the Chief Executive, said the decision was not a reflection on his staff who are 'coping incredibly well'.

Stay away if you have Norovirus warns Weston General Hospital

Norovirus is currently hitting North Somerset hard with schools and nursing homes in the region suffering outbreaks of the virus.

Three wards at Weston General Hospital are affected by the virus and restrictions have been placed on hospital visiting hours.

As a result, Weston General Hospital is warning that the public are inadvertently making frail and elderly patients at Weston General Hospital more unwell.

People are being asked to stay away if they have any of the symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Norovirus symptoms

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea
  • some people also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs

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Norovirus closes three wards at Weston General Hospital

Three wards at the Weston General Hospital have been closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Draycott, Berrow, and Kewstoke are all being affected.

People are being asked to stay away if they have any of the symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Norovirus symptoms

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea
  • Some people also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs

How will the strike effect Weston General Hospital?

Weston General Hospital Credit: ITV News

Weston General Hospital has released a list of those services that will, and won't, be affected by the planned junior doctor strike.

They said they will not be paying those who take industrial action - apart from those who are providing Emergency Care - and consultants will carry out additional tasks to cover.

Areas that are being affected:

  • Outpatient clinics (some will run as normal)
  • · All non-urgent scheduled operations
  • · Physiotherapy clinics (our physios will be on the wards)

Services that will be open and running as normal

  • Ashcombe Birth Centre
  • · Oncology Day Unit
  • · Seashore Paediatric Centre
  • · Specialist Community Children’s Services
  • · WISH Sexual Health Centre
  • · Orthopaedic Fracture clinic
  • · Radiography (X-Ray)
  • · ITU
  • · Emergency Department
320
Outpatient appointments scheduled
200
The number of cancelled clinic appointments
12
The number of non-urgent operations cancelled.

Weston General Hospital says it will improve

The trust that runs Weston General Hospital says it has already acted on criticisms from the CQC Credit: ITV News

Staff shortages at Weston-super-Mare's General Hospital are putting patients at risk, that's according to the NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

It says there aren't enough senior doctors, meaning medical staff are "under more severe pressure" than they've seen anywhere else.

James Rimmer, the new chief executive of Weston Area NHS Trust, says action has already been taken to improve waits in A and E and bring in extra staff.

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