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  • "Gogledd's concern for the future of Pembrokeshire mirrors my own fears.
    I suffer a moment of acute concern when direct routes to Carmarthen , and beyond were cut off.
    I am pleased that the process of consultation was found to be lawful, but what about the outcome and the health needs, care and safety of patients and increased social care requirements of Pembrokeshire ( and Ceredigion) ?
    How reassuring it is that the provision of services has been shaped by clinicians, concerned that they can ensure a level of throughput which maintains their level of competence in centres of specialism. At the same time community social support services provided by Council's are under financial pressures, and are told of, and already experience problems over GP's.

    Have the practicalities, for patients and their families of living in rural areas "remote" from these centralised services been given enough weight by clinicians advising their Board's?

    We will not all, fortunately, require specialist services but may need help to be provided by Voluntary Organisations formally provided by arrangement through the NHS, which can no longer cope.

    What is the future for this County? Why on earth would young families want to come, or stay for that matter, in an area which is disadvantaged by distance?

    The latent knock on effects of these decisions may not be apparent for years. Where has our political representation been hiding?"
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Removal of full children’s service at Withybush delayed

Full paediatric care will remain until October at Withybush

Full paediatric care will remain until October at Withybush

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THE reduction of inpatient hospital care for children in Pembrokeshire will be delayed until October, the health board has confirmed.

The stalling of plans to move full, overnight paediatric services from Withybush Hospital comes following requests from senior children’s doctors who had objected to the proposals.

Questions had also been raised about the safety of A&E overnight without access to paediatric doctors.

The service had due to be moved to Glangwili hospital in Carmarthen in August when changes to neonatal, maternity and gynaecological services will also be made.

A Hywel Dda University Health Board spokesman said: “Changes to neonatal, maternity and gynaecology services in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire are still on course to take place on 4 August 2014.

“Following requests from our senior children’s doctors and nurses we have agreed to postpone the changes to hospital based children’s services (paediatrics) until October 2014.

“This will provide us with additional time to recruit the new doctors and nurses needed to deliver the new services and to put the required policies and protocols in place.

“Paediatric services will be provided on a 24/7 basis at both Withybush and Glangwili Hospitals for this short time. Further information about the changes to paediatrics services now planned for October will be widely shared as soon as it is available.”

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