Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Telephone: 01934 636363
Address: Weston General Hospital, Grange Road, Uphill, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 4TQ
Website: http://www.waht.nhs.uk

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  • Current Staffing Levels at Weston Hospital
  • Three NHS Trusts come forward to run Weston
  • New ‘NHS only’ partnership route for Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Located in Weston-super-Mare, we provide a wide range of general and specialist hospital services. Strong links exist into the Bristol hospitals for certain treatments. There is an accident and emergency service, surgical and day case units, intensive and coronary care, midwifery delivery unit and full on-site diagnostic services. The independent benchmarking company, CHKS, placed us in the Top 40 hospitals in 2013 for a record ninth consecutive year.

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Current Staffing Levels at Weston Hospital

The Trust's current staffing levels for Nurses, Midwives and Care Staff can be found at http://www.waht.nhs.uk/en-GB/About-The-Trust/Our-Standards/Weston-Area-Health-Trust-Current-Staffing-Levels/ 

Last updated on 20 June 2014.

Three NHS Trusts come forward to run Weston

Following the recent announcement by Weston Area Health NHS Trust that it was seeking an NHS partner in a 50 mile radius to either merge with or acquire Weston, three different NHS Trusts have expressed an interest in joining forces with the North Somerset Trust.


These are (in no particular order):-


University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust http://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/


Taunton and Musgrove Park NHS Foundation Trust http://www.musgroveparkhospital.nhs.uk/


Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust http://www.sompar.nhs.uk/


Reacting to the news Nick Wood, Chief Executive Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said:


“We are delighted that these Trusts have come forward. This is testament to Weston’s growing reputation as a Trust able to deliver high quality clinical and personalised patient care and we welcome the opportunity to become part of any one of them.


“There are another two stages to go in the process.


“All three Trusts will have to submit formal tenders to us by the middle of August and we’ll be working with all three to give them any extra information they may need to assist them in doing that. Then, using the strict criteria we’ve laid down in the business case for Weston, we’ll carefully evaluate each application and announce the successful Trust in October.”

Last updated on 20 June 2014.

New ‘NHS only’ partnership route for Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Ending almost two years of uncertainty, Weston Area Health NHS Trust has announced today that with the support of local health commissioners and the NHS Trust Development Authority, it has now decided to seek a partner for the Trust from within the NHS


Weston will now either merge with another NHS Trust, or be acquired by an NHS Foundation Trust  in a 50 mile radius. The open market procurement process will end and the Trust expects to announce the successful bidder in autumn 2014. 


The ‘NHS only’ merger/acquisition programme has been agreed as the result of significant improvements in clinical services, quality, patient experience and financial stability

at Weston.


Over the last year the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has lowered the Trust’s risk rating substantially. The Trust has exceeded national performance targets in A&E  and Referral to Treatment  and in 2013-2014 reduced its ongoing financial deficit by an additional £1.25 million.


Alongside this, the Trust has identified challenges in the medium to long-term of filling medical staff vacancies which could result in the Trust experiencing difficulties in meeting the demands of a modern-day NHS . These challenges could also impact on maintaining the improvements in quality and performance already achieved. So the Trust, NTDA and local commissioners are in firm agreement that a more formal clinical collaboration and partnership with another Trust must be found.


Commenting about the announcement, Nick Wood, Chief Executive, Weston Area Health NHS Trust said:


“Previously, an ‘NHS only’ route was not an option, but that’s now changed. Due to the fantastic commitment of all our staff, significant improvements across the Trust have put us in a much stronger position than we were 18 months ago when the procurement process first began.


“Fundamentally, Weston must decide how best to respond to the needs of our patients. Clinical recruitment now remains our biggest challenge. New formal collaborations and partnerships will add recruitment value to the Trust - essential if we going to attract enough specialist doctors to fill existing and future vacancies and maintain a robust clinical workforce.  


“Weston is the smallest acute Trust in the country” he continued. “Work conducted with NHS North Somerset over the last five years clearly demonstrates that the Trust cannot satisfy the requirements to become a Foundation Trust or find an option that is financially and clinically sustainable as a stand-alone organisation.


“Our belief, shared by local commissioners and the NHS TDA, is that ‘NHS Only’ will keep our improved performance trajectory on track and maintain high levels of clinical and patient care. Looking to the long-term future it’s also the best option to provide sustainable services for the local population and our staff who care for them.”


Professor Stephen Dunn, Director at the NHS Trust Development Authority said:


“As the Trust works to get to grip with issues like the need to provide a broad range of services seven days a week, a solution which sees them merging quickly with or being acquired by another NHS organisation will put them in the best position to respond to patients’ needs. 


“Weston has been delivering high quality, timely care to patients for some time” he continued, “And they have delivered key A&E and referral to treatment standards. 

It is crucial that patients continue to experience this good care and treatment.  The best way to achieve this is by rapidly finding the NHS partner that can ensure patients in Weston continue to receive high quality services for the foreseeable future.”


It is hoped that the decision on the successful acquiring or merging NHS organisation will be made around the end of October 2014 with all formal agreements anticipated to be in place by April 2015.  During this process there will be an opportunity for the public to make their views known.

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Last updated on 04 June 2014.

Latest reviews of this trust

Emergency Service

Good swift treatment although ambulances backed up due to crews staying with patient Why not employee a few more paramedics

17 March 2014

Quality of service at Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Registration with the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission regulates this organisation

Last updated on 30 June 2014.

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