Sign up in bid to save Mynydd Mawr Hospital
PEOPLE across the Gwendraeth Valley are being urged to fill out questionnaires in a bid to save a community hospital.
The call came during a meeting, organised by Mynydd Mawr Hospital's League of Friends, after shock proposals to close the hospital were announced by Hywel Dda Health Board last month.
Clive Scourfield, chairman of the voluntary fundraising group, told a meeting at Tumble Hall on Monday night that representatives from the board had been invited to attend.
But, he said, the invitation was declined and he apologised to those attending that he may not be able to answer any questions about the proposal.
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He added: "The fact that there's nobody here this evening to represent Hywel Dda Trust I feel is disgraceful."
Mr Scourfield said he also felt that a "roadshow" and drop-in event planned by the trust for Pontyberem Hall on October 9 was "not sufficient" in consulting with the people of the valley.
Keith Davies AM and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM both expressed their concerns over the closure, while a letter was read from Nia Griffith MP, who said she was "appalled" at the lack of representatives from Hywel Dda.
Members of the public were also invited to give their views on the proposal.
Peter Rosser, a former patient at Mynydd Mawr, said: "I was there for three months and the care and attention I had in Mynydd Mawr Hospital was second to none.
"It was a marvellous place to be in, having been ill."
Eileen Jones, a retired nurse, said: "We had to borrow beds at Mynydd Mawr on occasion, and the service is superb.
"The staff and auxiliaries give terrific care to those patients."
Representatives from the community health council attended the meeting to listen to the public's views, and report back to the health board.
Attendees backed Mr Scourfield to ask for 8,000 questionnaires for the area at a Hywel Dda meeting due to take place at Parc y Scarlets last night.