- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Local Labour AMs Joyce Watson and Rebecca Evans have expressed their concerns over the decision by Hywel Dda Health Board to close the minor injury units at Tenby and South Pembs hospitals in the New Year.
The decision was announced last night, and was made to protect the Emergency and Unscheduled Care Service at Withybrush Hospital according to the Health Board.
A spokesperson from the Health Board said this morning that the re-deployment was a temporary measure and would be in place until recruitment problems at Withybrush had been resolved.
Joyce Watson AM said:
“It is welcome news that, despite speculation to the contrary, Withybush Hospital now looks secure for the future.
“However, I will be raising questions to make sure that anyone who suffers a minor injury right across the county is able to get fast and effective treatment.
“With Tenby being such a key tourist destination it is vital we can reassure our visitors they will have the best possible care when they need it. I will be asking whether the capacity has been built in to take over the crucial work that the minor injuries unit has delivered so well.
“I will also be checking that all staff are fully supported during this time of transition and redeployment.”
Rebecca Evans AM said:
“I will be seeking strong assurances from Hywel Dda Local Health Board that they have had full engagement with primary care to ensure that patient care and patient safety will in no way be compromised.”
From 3rd January 2012, staff from Tenby Cottage and South Pembs Hospitals’ Minor Injury Units will be redeployed to the Emergency and Urgent Care Centre at Withybrush.
Hywel Dda Health Board said the Community Health Council has been involved in the process and that it is currently engaging with GP Practices about the provision of minor injury services during this period.
For more information contact Joyce Watson’s office on 02920 898972 or on www.joycewatson.co.uk