Statement on our repair bill

Reacting to an article in the Weston Mercury yesterday (22 October), regarding our 'outstanding repair bill' for ongoing maintenance work, Bronwen Bishop, Director of Strategic Development at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said:

A recent independent survey confirmed that our buildings and infrastructure are sound, operationally safe and in good condition. The sum mentioned in the HSIC report is very much in keeping with other small hospitals nationwide, and our buildings and infrastructure are regularly maintained to keep them safe and in working order. 

“We’ve invested millions of pounds over the last five years in new Outpatients and Emergency Departments, scanning department and we’ve completely remodelled our front entrance to improve facilities for patients and visitors.  

“We also have an ongoing five year investment programme which will continue to deliver our maintenance programmes and new works. For example, we’re currently investing in a complete operating theatre refurbishment and we’re upgrading Kewstoke Ward. This ensures that the environment in which we care for patients continues to be safe, comfortable and modern.”