Media Statement

12th February 2015

Westbury Community Hospital

It is well documented that the ownership of Westbury Hospital transferred to NHS Property Services when Wiltshire Primary Care Trust was abolished in March 2013 as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2013. In line with the Department of Health guidelines, there was a requirement for Trusts to dispose of land and building no longer needed for operational requirements. Information about the transfer of services to the new White Horse Health Centre was shared widely and publicly in Westbury and the surrounding villages before, during and after the closure of the hospital. Since the time of its opening in 2013, many additional services have been introduced. The state of the art health centre was designed and built with the support of the Town Council and will serve the local community for many years to come. Local patients are supported to keep well closer to their own homes for longer, in order to avoid them having to be admitted to hospital.

Dr Debbie Beale, Senior Partner, White Horse Medical Centre, said “Westbury Hospital was a well-loved institution that provided many local services, which are now provided within Westbury and some in Warminster. The new health centre has improved our primary care facilities and the practice continues to work with the community team, local trusts and CCG to continue to provide services as locally as possible to the people of Westbury and Wiltshire. We are particularly excited by the development of a drop in x-ray service run by Salisbury NHS trust on a Monday and Wednesday, which has already avoided admissions and visits to the local A and E department.”

Contact details for further information:

Tracy Torr, Communications and Engagement Officer
T: 01380 736010, E: tracy.torr@nhs.net