Hospital staff back Prince Philip changes
9:50am Friday 11th October 2013 in Ammanford news
STAFF at Llanelli's Prince Philip Hospital maintain emergency and urgent care services will not be lost but actually enhanced and improved after concerns over what many consider to be the downgrading of the facility.
This week Amman councillor Glynog Davies claimed the lives of valley residents would be put at risk by the downgrading of accident and emergency services in Llanelli which, he said, would mean extended travelling times to the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen.
But, in a statement released by the Hywel Dda Health Board, Dr Robin Ghosal, consultant physician at Prince Philip, said: “As clinicians working in Llanelli, we are very aware of the anxiety the town is feeling about changes to their local hospital.
"But more than anything, we want to reassure Llanelli that emergency and urgent care services will not be lost but actually enhanced and improved.
"We want to reassure the public that when they are ill, they can still access the services they already have at Prince Philip Hospital. Patient care sits at the heart of our plans, and we, the clinicians, are the leading voice in shaping these.”
The statement added that GPs and hospital specialists, working closely together with community teams, were creating a new “front door” for people who need emergency / urgent care and people who have minor injuries or illnesses.
Dr Dai Samuel, Clinical Leadership Fellow who has been appointed to support local clinicians to take forward the developments says: “The plan for developing emergency and urgent care services includes six crucial components: mental health; minor injuries; minor ailments; acute illnesses (such as asthma or stroke); frailty services; and alcohol and substance misuse services, which together will provide high quality, patient centred care for the people of Llanelli and neighbouring areas.
“For the clinicians this is not about losing an A&E department; it’s about gaining a modernised, more effective urgent care service. The same patients will be seen but they will be seen more quickly by the right people."
Dr Ghosal added: “One change that we believe will make a significant improvement to how we deliver care at the front door of the hospital is ensuring patients referred by their GP or arriving by ambulance with a medical emergency are admitted directly to the Emergency Medical Assessment Unit, where doctors will be on hand during initial assessments.
"This will reduce time spent waiting to be assessed and avoid having to go through the emergency department. Overall, this will result in a much higher quality and more efficient service for the patient and their loved ones.”
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