Clevedon hospital set for out-of-hours staff reductions this summer

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 12 July 2018

Clevedon Hospital.

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Out-of-hours staff will be reduced at North Somerset Community Hospital for the rest of the summer.

The hospital, in Clevedon, will reduce staff numbers during the evening from Monday to Thursday for the next two months.

Patients needing to see an out-of-hours GP will instead be sent to a surgery in Weston.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BNSSG CCG) A&E delivery board has taken the decision with service provider BrisDoc to ‘make best use of NHS resources’.

A BNSSG spokesman said: “The local A&E delivery board has agreed seasonal working arrangements for the GP out-of-hours service with BrisDoc following careful monitoring of service use.

“In the remaining summer months, when weekday demand for the GP out-of-hours service is low, there will be a reduction in GP staff at North Somerset Community Hospital in Clevedon in the evenings from Monday to Thursday.

“During this time, patients who need to see the out-of-hours GP will be directed to New Court Surgery in Weston.

“The service hours at the hospital will not be changed during Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, when there is generally a greater demand.

“This approach has been used in previous years and will not affect the way local people access the service.”

The hospital’s inpatients unit also closed last week for fire safety improvements to be carried out.

MORE: Unit closed for fire safety improvements

The closure is due to last for two weeks while the out-of-hours service is due to return to normal in September.

The spokesman added: “The service is likely to return to normal in September and we will continue to work with BrisDoc to monitor how changes affect the service to ensure the best care for patients all year round.

“As commissioners, we expect our providers to take a local approach and manage their capacity to meet healthcare needs.

“Accurate ongoing monitoring of services allows local healthcare teams to ensure services are targeted in the right places at the right times to provide the highest level of care to patients and make best use of NHS resources.”

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