FROM the 26 May this year, and continuing until the 24 August 2023, Hywel Dda University Health Board is inviting staff, volunteers, members of the public, and partner organisations, to share their views about urgent and emergency children and young people’s (paediatric) services at Withybush and Glangwili Hospitals. We are seeking your views on how best to provide these services following a series of temporary changes made since 2016. This is part of the health board’s wider strategy to improve health and care in the region.
Following the temporary changes to paediatric services made since 2016, we now need to implement a longer-term solution that will be in place until the proposed new urgent and planned care hospital is developed. We have worked with our clinical and paediatric teams to identify the options for the services in the future and have three options that we would like your views on. At this stage, we do not have a preferred option for how urgent and emergency paediatric services at Withybush Hospital and Glangwili Hospital will be delivered.
For all three options, it is important to note that access to children’s emergency care will be retained at Glangwili Hospital’s emergency department, and minor injuries for children will continue to be treated at both Withybush and Glangwili hospitals. Also, systems are already in place to ensure that any child or young person with critical conditions arriving at Withybush Hospital has the best care available and in the most appropriate place. This will continue as part of the new service. Before making any final decisions, the Board will consider all your feedback at the Board meeting towards the end of 2023 alongside all other evidence and relevant information collated during the process so far.
To ensure we capture feedback from as many people as possible in our communities, additional dates have been added to our in-person events at Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock:
1 Aug 2023: 5pm – 8:30pm, The Depot, Haverhub, The Old Post Office, 12 Quay Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 1BG
10 Aug 2023: 5pm – 8:30pm, Pater Hall, Dimond Street, Pembroke Dock,. SA72 6AH
Details of the consultation, including information on how to register for the online sessions, copies of the consultation documents in a range of formats, and details of how to share your views, are available on the Health Board’s website: hduhb.nhs.wales/future-children-services . We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you at one of our next events.