Future of hospitals secured5th August 2010
Hywel Dda Health Board in Wales has confirmed that information contained in a leaked report about the downgrading of two hospitals was no longer correct.
The report said that two district general hospitals, Bronglais in Aberystwyth and Withybush in Haverfordwest, were to be turned into rural general hospitals (RGH).
According to the board, the report, which had the date of 9 July, was not up to date.
Hywel Dda board has responsibility for West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen, Bronglais, Withybush and Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli.
The original report said that Bronglais and Withybush would be turned into RGHs and would offer less services than a DGH, and would lose their intensive care units and other departments.
The chief executive of Hywel Dda Health Board Trevor Purt said: "We are currently developing plans for major investment in community services in the Hywel Dda area, which will focus on ensuring local people have access to the right services, in the right place, at the right time - every time."
"These plans are still under development, but we propose significant investment in improving our community and primary care services, providing more care in the community, within people's own homes, and with a greater focus on the management of long terms conditions."
He added that this meant that there would be "less demand" for hospital beds and could mean that not as many sites offered specialist care.
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Title: Future of hospitals secured
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15715
Date Added: 5th Aug 2010