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Big changes to NHS in Wales to be announced

15th January 2013

Hywel Dda Health Board has given its approval to the shutting down of Mynydd Mawr Community Hospital and minor injury units in South Pembrokeshire and Tenby hospitals.

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After a 12 week consultation, managers have said the closures will be part of plans to restructure the NHS in parts of Wales and allow 80% of patients to access services nearer to where they live.

Managers also want to create an orthopaedic centre of excellence at the Prince Phillip Hospital in Llanelli.

The health board said it expected the unit to be open this summer and it will cater to "the frailest of our inpatients".

The plans propose closing down the A&E department at the hospital and replacing it with a nurse-staffed accident centre.

The plans also include the minor injury unit services provided at South Pembrokeshire and Tenby hospitals being taken on by GPs.

Kathryn Davies from the health board said they were "very aware of the high regard the local community holds for the hospital but also has a duty to ensure our services and buildings are able to meet the demands of future generations".

However Conservative health spokesman Darren Millar said it was "completely unacceptable and wholly irresponsible to wrench local services away from patients".

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