Changes to Bridgewater community services to support fight against coronavirus

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In order to support the response to coronavirus (Covid-19) we have been asked by NHS England to stop or partially stop the delivery of a number of our community services.

Some adults and children’s services are being suspended with immediate effect for at least three months. This will enable our staff to support the local response to coronavirus.

This decision has been taken reluctantly as we work hard to protect services for some of our most vulnerable patients.

View the full list of services affected.

Colin Scales, Chief Executive of Bridgwater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “As the Chief Medical Officer has stated, NHS services are likely to come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and we need to ensure that our staff and resources are geared towards supporting the local response to coronavirus (Covid-19) at this time.

“Therefore, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, we have been asked by NHS England to stop or partially stop the delivery of a number of our community services with immediate effect for a period of at least three months.

“Urgent care services and those for vulnerable adults and children will be carrying on as normal, but we know many of our patients, service users and their families will be disappointed or worried, and we will be contacting everyone affected by either telephone or letter as soon as possible.”

If you have any urgent concerns about your condition as a result of this change please contact our Patient Services team via email at bchft.patientservices@nhs.net in the first instance or call 0800 587 0562.