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300 protesters march through Weston as overnight A&E stays closed

Around 300 campaigners marched through Weston-super-Mare today (Saturday 4 November), in protest at the continued closure of the town's Accident & Emergency department between 10pm and 8am.

Today is five months to the day since the closure came into effect, after the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, found the emergency department at Weston General Hospital was dangerously short of doctors.

Watch our full report from our Health Reporter, Caron Bell:

For more information on the Healthy Weston proposals in the report, and to have your say on them, visit North Somerset CCG's website here.

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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