Progress on getting residents voices heard over health facilities

October 01 2018

Liberal Democrat councillors have secured a meeting with health bosses over setting up local groups to represent residents’ views on future health and care facilities in Thornbury.

Thornbury hospital is closing and plans are underway to move current services to other locations and establish new services in the town. A meeting has been set up with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commiiosning Group, which will make decisions on the plans.

Thornbury Lib Dem Councillor, Maggie Tyrell, said: “We’re determined that local voices are heard and people from the community are involved in the planning of any new health and care facilities in Thornbury.”

At the end of last year, local Liberal Democrats asked the Health Authorities to create stakeholder groups for the projects to create new health and care facilities in Thornbury.  They were supported by South Gloucestershire Council. 

Cllr Maggie Tyrell said: “So far this hasn’t happened, despite health managers agreeing to the idea, so I reminded the CCG’s Area Director David Jarret of this commitment, and stressed how important it is for people to have their say on these plans before they are set in stone.” 

“I’m pleased that Mr Jarret has now agreed to meet with me and my fellow councillors, Sue Hope and Shirley Holloway, to get the ball rolling on setting up these stakeholder groups.” 

Temporary inpatient facilities will be at the new Grace Care Centre, and hospital staff will transfer there. But discussions are ongoing as to where and how the rest of the services will be provided.  

Thornbury Lib Dem Councillor, Shirley Holloway said: 

“Having truly local health facilities means a lot to everyone in Thornbury and it’s important that local people are listened to about what they need from new facilities as they replace old ones. We are still concerned that we may lose some outpatient services that are currently provided at the hospital.”

David Jarrett, Area Director for the CCG said: “We have started discussions with local councillors about setting up stakeholder meetings for the Thornbury site.”

 “The CCG remain committed to progressing plans for new facilities on the Thornbury and Frenchay site as soon as possible and we continue to work closely with our partners in North Bristol NHS Trust and in Local Authority towards this.”