Nurse warns changes 'will put lives at risk'
A LLANELLI A&E nurse has warned proposed changes to Prince Philip Hospital would compromise patients' care and put lives at risk.
Gwyneth Thomas, who works in the hospital's A&E department, said staff were "very concerned" about plans to change the current department to a nurse-led or nurse-delivered unit.
She said: "As a member of staff at the A&E we are all very, very unsure about the proposed changes.
"The other concern is that these changes will compromise patients' care and potentially put patients' lives at risk.
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"We have got ambulances stuck outside on a regular basis.
"I don't know how our neighbour hospitals will cope.
"I'm talking about Morriston and Carmarthen.
"They've both got too many patients."
And she said a nurse-led unit would not be enough to provide the right services.
"Telemedicine doesn't answer all problems, unfortunately — I wish it did," she said. "But it's not like having a doctor there to examine a patient. We really need to have a doctor on site."
Chief executive Trevor Purt and chairman Chris Martin issued a joint response which said: "We would like to make it clear that we would not consider unsafe options for our population and there is no expectation that any clinical staff will be required to work outside of their area of expertise."
Consultation on the plans ends on Monday. To share your views, complete the questionnaire on the health board's website.