MINEHEAD Hospital could be getting more beds, more operating-theatre time and possibly a dialysis machine for local kidney patients, West Somerset Council’s scrutiny committee has been told.
Andy Heron, chief operating officer for the Somerset Partnership NHS Trust updated the committee on the current situation of West Somerset’s two hospitals at its meeting last Thursday.
He said Minehead’s £25 million community hospital, which reopened ten in-patient beds last month, was “a great resource – important to the town”.
He said that, if Minehead could deliver more services, it would help ease the pressure on Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital and added that there was also “an obvious and good case to put more beds back to Williton”.
There was also a possibility that the trust would form an alliance with Musgrove Park Hospital to form a joint executive/management team: “I think this is a good idea. It would provide more joined-up services,” Mr Heron said.