Meet the Members

Jeanette Carter  

'Experience of nursing and NHS management, a wife and mother of 4, grandmother of 5, family member with Alzheimer's, interested in making sure that Alzheimer's, dementia and elderly patients have best care, with understanding of their condition and respect for their dignity, of prime importance during their hospital stay.'


Pat Sokol    

'Having retired with over 40 year's experience within the Customer Service Industry, I am pleased to be able to devote time as a member of The Patients Council. I have a great interest in Elderly Care. Working together with The Trust, I am very happy to represent Patients' views and be actively involved in improving services provided.'


Timothy Evans

'I am involved with Patients' Council as I have been in Weston for over 50 years and have made use of the hospital on many occasions, whether personally or with family and friends. I even have family and friends who currently work or have worked at the hospital too. I experienced problems in the hospital with the care given to my brother. I complained about this and the Trust investigated this and ended up apologising. I care for all as individuals and what happens in our local hospital.'


Antoinette Welch

'I attended a Coffee morning after hearing a request on Radio Somerset for more volunteers at Weston Hospital. 

Although I was unable to offer a specific day each week/month , I felt I could join the Patients Council where I could attend meetings & fulfil requests for help at the various times when needed.

Our group make a good team with one common aim, to improve the Patients experience when attending the Hospital.'


Stephen Lee 

'I worked for the Trust for 7 Years before I retired.

l wanted to give something back so l became a Member of the Patients Council.'


Annabel Plaister

Chairman of Patients Council

'I believe in the NHS and also in Weston General Hospital and feel we are lucky to have such facilities available to us for no charge. I am pleased to represent the patients view and am particularly interested in being a Dignity Champion and also in cancer treatment locally.'


Alan Bennett 

'I am an Ex-serviceman of 22 years’ service and recently retired IT Manager of a large Secondary education high school.

I moved to Weston Super Mare from the Isle of Wight early in 2014 to support my daughter and my grandson

In March 2018 I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and have been in the care of Weston Super Mare General since then and ongoing.

I wanted to give something back for the excellent care I have received and the patient’s council fitted the bill for me.'



Julie Power