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New hospital unit is a ‘partial replacement’ for A&E

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Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 14.50.23PATIENTS attending Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital in an emergency can expect to be treated in a brand new purpose-built unit at the back of the hospital site from this week.

But a local councillor says that this unit “is the presentation of a bitter pill with a false sugar coating”.

Dr Sian Caiach says that the A&E has been “permanently taken away and replaced by a partial service of minor injury and illness treatment and selective admissions of sick patients.”

The Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) – which is part of the health board’s £1.4m Front of House Project at Prince Philip – will officially opened its doors to patients on Wednesday 6 April, having undergone trials over the past few weeks.

A new Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is also opening for patients via the old A&E entrance at the front of the hospital. This is run by GPs and Emergency Nurse Practitioners working together, and can treat patients with a range of problems from muscle and joint injuries to burns and scalds, minor head injuries, minor eye injuries and more.

Senior doctors and nurses in the AMAU will see patients with a wide range of problems including strokes and chest conditions. Patients go straight there if they come to hospital by ambulance or through their GP.

Patients can also be seen there who come to the MIU if they need medical care from senior doctors. If necessary the ambulance will take you straight there or your GP will tell you where you need to go.

The new AMAU features two resus bays, a fast positive stroke bed, assessment area / reception and lobby, and a six-bed monitored step-down area. It also sports a new ambulance entrance with a canopy and an AMAU reception area.

Dr Robin Ghosal, Clinical Lead for Prince Philip Hospital, said: “This is an exciting time for us. The launch of the new AMAU and MIU will modernise the way patients with acute medical illnesses or minor injuries are assessed and treated.

“What’s particularly good about the Front of House project is that we have all come at it from different angles, and what is exciting is that all of our angles are aligned in the end with one aim – to provide high-quality care for patients with acute medical illnesses or with minor injuries.

“We couldn’t have got to this point without the support of local residents, community representatives, including the Community Health Council and Rural Council, and members of lobby groups, and I would again like to thank them for their support and input.”

Speaking to The Herald on Thursday Dr Sian Caiach said: “As an Assembly candidate, local Councillor, and member of SOSPAN (the local campaign to retain medical services), I would say that this is the presentation of a bitter pill with a false sugar coating. The A&E has been permanently taken away and replaced by a partial service of minor injury and illness treatment and selective admissions of sick patients from Llanelli to the stand alone medical unit as not all medical conditions are suitable for the unit – if you call 999 in Llanelli you will most likely be taken to Glangwili but if referred by your GP with certain likely diagnoses, you may well get admitted to PPH.

“The loss of specialisms and surgical backup, now only available now at Glangwili means that it would be dangerous to admit anyone likely to require extra treatment. A full intensive care unit has also been removed from prince Philip Hospital, leaving less capacity to treat the very sick.

“It does keep the treatment of a fair number of sick people in a local hospital but the Hospital is effectively downgraded and has been slowly stripped of various services over the past two decades. This is a big smack in the face for Llanelli, the most populous town and area served by Hywel Dda University Health Board.”

Speaking to The Herald on Thursday Dr Sian Caiach said: “As an Assembly candidate, local Councillor, and member of SOSPAN (the local campaign to retain medical services), I would say that this is the presentation of a bitter pill with a false sugar coating. The A&E has been permanently taken away and replaced by a partial service of minor injury and illness treatment and selective admissions of sick patients from Llanelli to the stand alone medical unit as not all medical conditions are suitable for the unit – if you call 999 in Llanelli you will most likely be taken to Glangwili but if referred by your GP with certain likely diagnoses, you may well get admitted to PPH.

“The loss of specialisms and surgical backup, now only available now at Glangwili means that it would be dangerous to admit anyone likely to require extra treatment. A full intensive care unit has also been removed from prince Philip Hospital, leaving less capacity to treat the very sick.

“It does keep the treatment of a fair number of sick people in a local hospital but the Hospital is effectively downgraded and has been slowly stripped of various services over the past two decades. This is a big smack in the face for Llanelli, the most populous town and area served by Hywel Dda University Health Board.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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