UPDATED: Loss of 24 hour paediatric care at Withybush Hospital confirmed by Health Board

Withybush Hospital looks set to lose 24 hour paediatric care. PICTURE: Skycam Wales

Withybush Hospital looks set to lose 24 hour paediatric care. PICTURE: Skycam Wales

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THE loss of 24 hour paediatric care in Pembrokeshire has been confirmed by a Health Board report revealed at its meeting earlier this week.

A Clinical Services Strategy report by director of clinical services Phil Kloer was approved by Hywel Dda University Health Board and focused on paediatric services in light of the health minister’s backing for the closure of SCBU at Withybush Hospital.

It refers back to proposals previously put forward to establish a Complex Obstetric Unit (COU) alongside a Paediatric High Dependency Unit at Glangwili Hospital.

It cites problems with recruitment as a key reason for the removal of services from Withybush Hospital.

Concerns about the recent appointment of two paediatricians, one of which was later stopped from taking up post, have been raised by campaigners and CHC members at meetings recently.

The latest report states: “There is an absolute interdependency between neonatal, paediatric and obstetric services: so that changes to any of these services cannot be made independent of each other.”

The Health Board’s proposed service will result in a 12-hour ‘ambulatory paediatric service’ at Withybush Hospital, co-located with the emergency department.

A health board spokesman said that 'ambulatory' refers to out-patient care.


The facilities at Withybush would be designed for testing and assessment during the day before discharge or transfer to Glangwili, the only hospital which will retain a 24 hour paediatric inpatient service, if a child needs to be admitted.


She added that the majority of paediatric patients stay in hospital for 12 hours or less.
There will be a range of outpatient services, ‘including an enhanced community paediatric service'.

"Our proposed service is a 12-hour Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit at Withybush Hospital meaning that inpatient services for children in the south of the Health Board will be at Glangwili Hospital. The detail of what this service will look like and how it will be delivered has not been finalised and will be developed by our clinical staff and planning teams over the coming months. As soon as there is a clearer understanding of how these changes will impact on the children's ward and staff we will share this widely with our staff and the public," she added.


Project boards will meet in February to finalise planning details, including what the changes mean for the children's ward at Withybush Hospital.

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10:44am Sat 1 Feb 14

slebech says...

Glad we have a mp who fights for Pembrokeshire, Ye right yet another conservative who stands by and watches as our needs get taken away, while they sit idlly by and do nothing, but let me remind you it's the conservative government who has cut every thing to the point we are the loosers, Mr crab you have done absolutely nothing for this county apart from bleed it dry and reap the benefits like the rest of your mob,
The sooner you are gone the better. it'd your government who has made the poor poorer and the rich richer,it's time you lot went and we have a real government who work for the people and not for self gains.
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Glad we have a mp who fights for Pembrokeshire, Ye right yet another conservative who stands by and watches as our needs get taken away, while they sit idlly by and do nothing, but let me remind you it's the conservative government who has cut every thing to the point we are the loosers, Mr crab you have done absolutely nothing for this county apart from bleed it dry and reap the benefits like the rest of your mob, The sooner you are gone the better. it'd your government who has made the poor poorer and the rich richer,it's time you lot went and we have a real government who work for the people and not for self gains. , slebech
  • Score: -4

1:59pm Sat 1 Feb 14

South of the Landsker says...

We are all watching Withybush suffer cut by cut, we need to wake up and realise what is happening. We are in danger of having the largest cottage hospital in Wales if we are not careful, all services will be in Carmarthen, St Davids folk will have a 60 mile journey each way to access core services.
We are all watching Withybush suffer cut by cut, we need to wake up and realise what is happening. We are in danger of having the largest cottage hospital in Wales if we are not careful, all services will be in Carmarthen, St Davids folk will have a 60 mile journey each way to access core services. South of the Landsker
  • Score: 9

9:25pm Sat 1 Feb 14

nomeames says...

Why this discrimination? Does people of Pembrokeshire pay any less tax or NI then rest of the country? Why put children of the area under risk? What wrong have they done if they are born to parents who reside in the area? This only goes to show that Wales stops at Carmarthen.
1. I understand building facilities from scratch takes a lot but why take away existing facilities? Excuse that recruitment is the main reason is a joke.
2. Ambulance service is already struggling to meet targets. How will they cope with the additional load?
3. How about the extra costs people of thia area will have to bear in terms of travelling to Glangwilli and back? Is the govt going to give any tax relief to people of this area?
4. And lastly.....this saving at the cost of putting lives at risk, where does this go to? Bonus for the bosses?
Why this discrimination? Does people of Pembrokeshire pay any less tax or NI then rest of the country? Why put children of the area under risk? What wrong have they done if they are born to parents who reside in the area? This only goes to show that Wales stops at Carmarthen. 1. I understand building facilities from scratch takes a lot but why take away existing facilities? Excuse that recruitment is the main reason is a joke. 2. Ambulance service is already struggling to meet targets. How will they cope with the additional load? 3. How about the extra costs people of thia area will have to bear in terms of travelling to Glangwilli and back? Is the govt going to give any tax relief to people of this area? 4. And lastly.....this saving at the cost of putting lives at risk, where does this go to? Bonus for the bosses? nomeames
  • Score: 11

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