No decrease in the number of our beds

The number of beds and procedures available at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre are not to decrease, and the hospital continues to accept referrals for NHS care. Managers at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre are keen to emphasise these points, as the proposed temporary closure of beds at Shepton Mallet Community Hospital has led to some confusion among patients and referring clinicians. Chester Barnes, Hospital Director, commented: “The temporary closure of beds at the local community hospital is regrettable but does not affect the level of NHS care available here at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre. We wish to reassure patients and partners that it is very much business as usual for us and that we continue to provide the highest standards of care to NHS patients across Somerset and beyond.”