Weston Area Health NHS Trust was established in April 1991 being one of the first wave of 57 NHS Trusts created following the enactment of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The Trust is based at Weston General Hospital, built in 1986 near Uphill in the south of Weston-super-Mare.
The Trust provides a wide range of acute and rehabilitation hospital services, as well as some community health services primarily to residents of the North Somerset area. Services are provided on a contractual basis to local health bodies that are responsible for purchasing health care for the resident population.
The Trust serves a resident population of around 212,000 people in North Somerset with over 70% of people living in the four main towns of Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea. A further 3.3 million day trippers and 375,000 staying visitors increase this base population each year.
The majority of clinical activity is commissioned by North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Trust provides clinical services from three sites. The General Hospital is located in the main town of Weston super Mare and there are two children’s centres providing community children’s services located in Weston super Mare and Clevedon.
The Trust provides a wide range of acute health services to the population of North Somerset and Sedgemoor and works closely with other hospitals in Bristol as part of ‘clinical networks’ including, for example, cancer, pathology and cardiology.
The Trust is registered without conditions with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.