The process is managed with the support and guidance of The Counseling Institutean independent, not-for-profit organization that provides advice on best practices for engaging with communities.
Lee Davies, Executive Director of Strategic Development and Operational Planning at Hywel Dda UHB, said:
“The health council is committed to undertaking significant engagement with our communities. This partnership brought us closer to selecting a site for the new hospital, so I am grateful to the participants for their involvement in this important part of the process of identifying the best hospital sites.
“The results of this workshop will be considered by the Board in August, along with the findings of other assessment groups that are currently underway. These assessment groups are currently examining issues spanning clinical, workforce work and economic/financial.
“The final decision on which site is chosen will be made by the health board, in agreement with the Welsh government, if they support funding for the hospital.”
Earlier this year, the health board submitted a Program business case to the Welsh Government to deliver on the ambitions of the Healthier Mid and West Wales strategy and secure a scale of investment never seen before in West Wales.
The goal is to shift to a service that focuses on a social model of health, working with partners to integrate service delivery, promoting well-being and preventing health deterioration, providing help earlier and, where possible, closer to home.
A key enabler of this is the provision of a new urgent and planned care hospital, providing architectural separation of emergency and planned medical care, which would avoid the risk of emergency activities impacting planned care through canceled operations. Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest and Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen are among the oldest hospital buildings in Wales, making it difficult to meet modern standards and impacting the experience of staff and patients. patients. Some of these services are very fragile.
By consolidating these services, the board of health can provide clinical staff and trainees with better training, reduce the impact of rotations on individuals so that they help attract and retain staff, and allow them to see enough patients and to work in teams that maintain and strengthen their competence.
The ambition of the health board is to provide opportunities to provide a wider range of specialist health services to our communities within the boundaries of Hywel Dda than is currently possible.
However, Withybush and Glangwili hospitals have an important role to play, which will operate as local community hospitals, with outpatient services, therapy and nurse-led beds, focusing on rehabilitation and less acute needs. . The aim is for most people to receive their care locally and only stay in the new planned and urgent care hospital when really needed for acute care and, if possible, for transfer to their homes or to hospitals closer if they need a period of rehabilitation. We plan to have 24/7 Minor Injury Units in Glangwili and Withybush Hospitals, building on the successful Minor Injury Unit at Prince Phillip Hospital.
The health board does not intend to make any changes to Glangwill or Withybush hospitals until the new hospital is built (we believe the new urgent and planned care hospital will take at least until ‘at the end of 2029 to open). And there will be regular engagement – listening and working with our communities and partner organizations, and possibly consultations on parts of the program.
You can find more information and published a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the board of health’s website.