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20 February 2020

New name announced for merging NHS trusts

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust are planning to merge with Weston Area Health NHS Trust on Wednesday 1 April, subject to regulatory approvals.

The merger is an exciting and unique opportunity to create a new organisation with a greater purpose, which is seen as a beacon for outstanding education, research, innovation and patient care.

As the organisations merge, so will their names: the newly formed Trust will be called University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW).

The new Trust will boast a workforce of over 13,000; increasing diversity, capacity and resilience. Staff will have the opportunity to deliver a wider portfolio of services, strengthening their knowledge base, peer support, skills and experience, as well as helping to deliver exceptional services for local people and specialist services across the South West and beyond.

Leading this venture in pursuit of our vision for more accessible local healthcare and world-class specialised services, improved digital technology and stronger academic links with leading education providers, is chief executive Robert Woolley. Robert said: "We are committed to creating a new healthcare provider with a greater purpose and, by taking everything that's good about Weston and UH Bristol, we will create an organisation of which every member can be truly proud. Changing the name of the Trust acknowledges that this is a true partnership.

"The merger will help bring stability to Weston General Hospital, so that it remains at the heart of the community, providing services that meet the needs of its local people. We will also have a real opportunity to create an even better experience for our patients - ensuring people from North Somerset and surrounding areas will be able to be seen and treated in local hospitals, and improving access to specialist services in Bristol and Weston through better use of an expanded workforce, facilities and estates.

"While the organisation's name is changing, it's important our service users are reassured they will continue to receive the same treatment and care, provided by the same staff in the same location - this merger builds on the close partnership working we have had in place for years."

While there will be a new name for the Trust, the name of our component hospitals, such as Weston General Hospital or the Bristol Royal Infirmary, will remain unchanged.