ABM University Health Board's response to claims made during Neath Port Talbot Hospital public meeting
THE health board has responded to some of the claims made during the public meeting.
A spokeswoman said: “It is incorrect to say the Neath Port Talbot Hospital doesn’t have an orthopaedic service.
“It does have one, and in fact it is set to expand in the next couple of months, switching its focus to become the ABMU centre of excellence for shoulder, feet and ankle joint surgery.
“However, serious hip fractures are only dealt with in Morriston and the Princess of Wales hospitals, and this was the case before the acute medicine service change at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in August.”
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She emphasised the health board had not taken doctors away from the hospital.
“The Wales Deanery, which is responsible for all post graduate doctor training in Wales, made the decision to remove the CT2 doctors from Neath Port Talbot Hospital so they could continue their training in other environments,” she said.
“ABMU tried very hard for over a year to recruit more doctors to fill these medical staffing gaps, but was not able to find enough doctors to meet the minimum numbers needed. We value our staff highly and have worked closely with them throughout this process.
“We have been impressed by the professionalism they have shown throughout, and thank them for continuing to provide high levels of care to patients during this change period.”
Finally, she said: “Neath Port Talbot Hospital will continue to play a very important role and will have several services expanded over the next few months, with additional services also expected to move into the hospital.”