“Hywel Dda – Our Big NHS Change” public consultation

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    “Hywel Dda – Our Big NHS Change” public consultation

    Please find attached information about the public consultation on “Hywel Dda – Our Big NHS Change”.

    We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fundamentally change the way that we provide local healthcare services for the better – and we want to hear what you have to say about it.

    “Hywel Dda – Our Big NHS Change” was officially launched at a meeting of the health board on Thursday 19 April 2018, marking the start of a 12-week public consultation aimed at making provision of local health and care better for our communities.

    We’re asking residents across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire to get involved and have your say on three proposals to improve the way we provide care for our population. Each proposal has been designed and tested by our clinicians to ensure that our services are safe, sustainable, accessible and kind for our generation and those to come.

    Among the biggest challenges the health board currently faces are an ageing population, difficulty for many people in accessing services close to home, significant recruitment challenges – particularly specialist medical staff – and ageing hospital buildings which require a lot of maintenance to keep running.

    To overcome the significant challenges faced by the NHS we want to radically change the way we provide local health care services so that people are accessing most of the care and treatment they need in their local community, and are able to stay at home while they are getting treatment rather than having to go into hospital. Reducing the number of main hospitals will mean having fewer medical rotas to fill, making it easier to attract clinicians to come and work for us; it will also mean shorter waiting times and fewer cancellations, and more money for local and community health services.

    In all three of the proposals, Bronglais District General Hospital will continue to provide services for mid Wales; a new major hospital will be built somewhere between Narberth and St Clears, and there will be 10 community hubs across the Health Board area.

    The proposals are:

    Proposal A
    • A new urgent care and planned care hospital between Narberth and St Clears
    • Community hospitals in Glangwili, Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Withybush
    • A general hospital in Aberystwyth on the Bronglais Hospital site

    Proposal B
    • A new urgent care and planned care hospital between Narberth and St Clears
    • Community hospitals in Glangwili and Withybush
    • General hospitals at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Aberystwyth on the Bronglais Hospital site

    Proposal C
    • A new urgent care hospital between Narberth and St Clears
    • A planned care hospital on Glangwili site
    • A community hospital in Withybush
    • General hospitals at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Aberystwyth on the Bronglais Hospital site

    Your feedback will be independently analysed and considered before any formal proposal is put before our Health Board for decision on how to proceed later in 2018 and we will continue to keep you updated on how we have used your feedback.

    Please tell us your views by:
    • Completing the online questionnaire
    • Coming to one of our drop-in events

    For more information go to http://www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/Hddchange.

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