Hywel Dda Health Board announces changes to hospital services will be revealed next week
THE future of health services in Llanelli will finally be revealed a week today, Hywel Dda Health Board has announced.
The board has called an extraordinary meeting in Carmarthen next Tuesday to consider recommendations for changes to services across the region - including a controversial proposal to replace the A&E at Prince Philip Hospital with a "nurse-led local accident centre".
Since the plans first emerged just over a year ago, residents and community leaders have been joined by GPs and doctors at PPH to oppose them — with calls for full A&E services to be restored at the hospital, backed by a 24,000-name petition.
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Yesterday, chief executive of the board Trevor Purt said: "We have undertaken extensive and lengthy engagement during the past two years, and more recently a formal consultation.
"We have been considering interim feedback since the close of consultation and, along with other evidence, and in light of the challenges the NHS faces; the board will consider a number of recommendations at its meeting on Tuesday January 15.
"We would like to remind members of the public that any changes approved by the board will demonstrate improved outcomes for our patients, be safe and sustainable. We will not compromise on patient care."
For more analysis and reaction to the proposals, read tomorrow's Llanelli Star.