Thursday, 23 May 2013

Royal Glamorgan Hospital is this leading to downgrading?


The Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant   sometimes called The Camilla  because it comes between  the Prince Wales in Merthyr and the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend  could stop treating the most serious accident and emergency cases as part of a major NHS shake-up in south Wales.

Health officials say the "best fit" is to locate specialist services in Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr, Bridgend and in a new hospital near Cwmbran.

The Royal Glamorgan also stands to lose consultant-led maternity care and specialist baby care as part of the proposals for the future of hospitals in South Wales.

The plans involve:

  • Consultant-led maternity care (obstetrics)
  • Specialist baby care (neonatal)
  • Specialist children's care (paediatrics)
  • Emergency medicine (A&E)
Start QuoteDr Grant Robinson Aneurin Bevan Health Board medical director announced:
 "We cannot continue to provide all these services in every location across south Wales.
"We need to concentrate these services to ensure all patients receive safe and sustainable care.
"Our clinicians believe that the best way to do this, while improving safety and the standard of care patients receive, is to concentrate these clinical services in fewer hospitals - either four or five."
"We need to concentrate these services to ensure all patients receive safe and sustainable care."Our clinicians believe that the best way to do this, while improving safety and the standard of care patients receive, is to concentrate these clinical services in fewer hospitals - either four or five.""We need to concentrate these services to ensure all patients receive safe and sustainable care."Our clinicians believe that the best way to do this, while improving safety and the standard of care patients receive, is to concentrate these clinical services in fewer hospitals - either four or five."


At the moment eight hospitals in the region provide one or more of these services.
The centres would include the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff, Morriston Hospital near Swansea and a new hospital at Llanfrechfa Grange near Cwmbran.
We need to concentrate these services to ensure all patients receive safe and sustainable care.”
Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABMU) medical director Dr Grant Robinson said:

Would he be saying this if it was a Hospital in his health board that  that was affected by the proposed changes in the same way as "The Camilla?

Like Dr Robinson, I may have a bias here because "The Camilla"is my nearest Hospital.

But I believe that we need to examine the implication of changes.

At the moment we do not need  know If  the most serious accident and emergency cases are to be taken from the Royal Glamorgan, What difference in time will it make in the time it takes an inured person to hospital and will result in serious injured people taking longer to be taken to A and E.

Assuming that those attending Maternity Units may not have access to their own transport  was  taken into consideration  by those drawing up the proposals  and are reliant on public transport. What difference in the most extreme case will it make in those affected. Could it mean that pregnant women  could end up making more than two journeys by public transport?

Is this going to be the end of the the removal of services from The Royal Glamorgan or is it just the start and the Hospital will end up being downgraded?

The suspicion is that  after a few cuts the public will come to be used to them and slowly but surely "The Camilla "will be downgrade.

I believe this just the start and we cant trust assurances from Politicians and NHS managers who seem to only look at figures and a map and don't take into account the disadvantage some of the people they represent will be placed in

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