NHS Somerset stroke consultation update

NHS Somerset completed its 12-week public consultation in April 2023, which gathered feedback about the future of acute hospital-based stroke services in Somerset, from people living in Somerset and people who use Somerset hospitals. We wish to thank everyone that took part and shared their views.

The public consultation is one part of a bigger piece of ongoing work, that continues to consider all aspects of the proposed changes to stroke services, including financial, geographical, logistic and operational considerations. Part of the process includes a further options appraisal where a range of information will be reviewed to get to a preferred option.

We expect to have this work completed by the end of this year, so that we will be able to put forward a final decision-making business case to the NHS Somerset Board.

The final decision-making business case will take into account all of the aspects considered, including the public consultation feedback. This review is not about saving money, but focuses on creating safe and sustainable stroke services in Somerset. All of the evidence gathered will enable the Board to make an informed decision on the best way forward.

The final decision-making meeting will be held in public to allow those interested to hear the discussion and how the decision is made.  

You can read more about the proposed changes and reasons why change is needed at https://oursomerset.org.uk/working-together/stroke/

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please email us at somicb.fitformyfuture@nhs.net