Dignitaries from across Somerset visit Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

Dignitaries from six local government organisations across Somerset, including three mayors, two chairmen, one vice chair and one deputy mayor, and their guests have visited Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre in recognition of the outstanding care the hospital provides to patients from the county and beyond. 

The visit to Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre was organised by Dick Skidmore, Chairman of Mendip District Council, and included Catherine Herbert (Mayor of Taunton), Celia Wride (Mayor of Wells), Stephen Hall (Mayor of Bruton), Nina Swift (Chairman of Street Council), Bryan Beha (Vice Chair of Mendip District Council), Mark Dorrington (Deputy Mayor of Frome) and their guests.

Chester Barnes, Hospital Director at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, talked the visitors through the history and work of the hospital, and how as the first CQC rated ‘Outstanding’ hospital across all criteria in the country assures that NHS patients from Somerset and further afield enjoy excellent levels of care.

Catherine Herbert, Mayor of Taunton, led the thanks from the group. She said: “This hospital makes such a difference to people’s lives and the work it does is appreciated across the county.”

Stephen Hall, Mayor of Bruton, commented: “I know how heavily people in Bruton rely on Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre, and on behalf of them I would like to thank the hospital for its great work.”

Celia Wride, Mayor of Wells, said: “I have had both knees replaced at this hospital and the experience was wonderful – and the food second to none! I sing the hospital’s praises all the time, and long may it thrive.”

Mark Dorrington, Deputy Mayor of Frome, added: “While I haven’t yet experienced care at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre I can see that the team does a fantastic job. When I am ready for a new knee this is where I’ll come.”

Chester Barnes, Hospital Director at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, said: “We are grateful to Dick for arranging this visit and are delighted that so many local dignitaries came to find out more about what we do. We are grateful to them for going back out into their communities to spread the word about the quality of care at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre.”

Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre was the first acute hospital in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in all five elements of the inspection grading. 

Available treatments include: general surgery (such as hernia repair and gall bladder removal); ear, nose and throat; hip surgery; knee surgery; foot and ankle surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; hand and wrist surgery; eye surgery (such as cataract replacement); gynaecology; urology; endoscopy; diagnostic imaging and; pain management.

Picture caption: Dick Skidmore, Chairman of Mendip District Council, and Chester Barnes, Hospital Director at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre (centre) with civic dignitaries from across Somerset on their fact finding tour of the hospital