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Save our community health services in Somerset

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The CCG “Fit For My Future” consultation process began in April 2018. Currently they are consulting on mental health services and community services (https://www.fitformyfuture.org.uk/ There are currently two areas of local health services being consulted on (deadline 12th April 2020).

Mental Health:

The current consultation includes 6 options for the future of acute mental health beds in Somerset.

The CCGs preferred choice is to close St Andrews Ward in Wells and move beds to Yeovil (option 2 costing over 5 million pound). Option 6 is to build a new unit and moving all beds from Wells, Yeovil and Taunton together costing substantially more. The consultation documents are put together to ensure that people who are simply following the guided process will agree with the proposals. We believe there should be an option 7; keep St Andrews Ward (increasing funding for safer staffing levels) and increase beds at Yeovil.

If this truly is a forward-thinking process for planning for future needs, this option would ensure that accessible, local services are increased to meet the needs of local people (sending less people out of county). Moving all beds to Yeovil will make travelling for patients and carers more challenging, particularly by public transport. The main argument cited in the documents about physical health emergencies and ambulance times applies to everyone in Wells and the surrounding areas. If this is unsafe (as they say) then this evidence should be presented to the Government to create a case for one of the promised “40 new hospitals” to be built in mid-somerset.

Most of the staff at St Andrews Ward, local people and professionals are against the closure of this local service.

By signing this petition, you agree that the CCG should adopt “option 7”: keep St Andrews Ward, increase staffing and safety, additionally increase beds at Yeovil for future sustainability.

Community services:

The current consultation documents are ambiguous; it would seem they are trying to keep people in their own homes, but it does not note that we have currently got a crisis in social care. Most of the suggestions are reliant on increased capacity for social care and GP services to respond. In principle the discussion about managing local healthcare is valid. What is concerning and unclear is whether this consultation is a gateway to closing local hospitals and minor injury units. The local community wants to make their position very clear-we do not support closing or reducing any local services at our community hospitals or MIUs. 

This includes:

  • Minehead Community Hospital
  • Williton Community Hospital
  • Bridgwater Community Hospital
  • Burnham-on-Sea Hospital
  • Shepton Mallet Community Hosptial
  • West Mendip Community Hosptial
  • Frome Community Hospital
  • Wincanton Community Hospital
  • South Petherton Community Hosptial
  • Crewkerne Community Hospital
  • Chard Community Hosptial
  • Wellington Community Hosptial
  • Dene Barton Community Hosptial

By signing this petition, you agree that the CCG must recognise that the local community want reassurance that our local community hospitals will NOT be closed.

You can also join the community organising group on Facebook: Save Our Community Services https://www.facebook.com/groups/210658066745953/



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