I work at Withybush. I've just heard via an insider that there has recently been a case of a complicated delivery at the midwife-led unit where the mother had to wait hours because the dedicated ambulance was tied up elsewhere. I heard the baby suffered anoxic brain injury and the case is being settled to the tune of millions. This of course could have funded a continued obstetric service there for some time. And it makes rubbish of the cynical money-saving exercise the whole affair is supposed to be. No amount of money can compensate the poor family for their anguish. Why is this not public knowledge yet? The story is certainly in the public interest...
As per Hywel Dda briefing document 30th April 2014 and previous "Recruitment issues remain severe and this has been confirmed by a recent all Wales survey of Paediatric recruitment carried out by the HR department". I am unable to find any reference of this survey. This survey does not exist on internet. Incase if it was transparent it should be available to public and measures done to overcome these issues had to be advised. There is no evidence how sound this survey was, who in HR did that how was it done and was it verified etc as there isnt any methodology explained that how data was collected and analysed either. Recruitment may be difficult but is not impossible as every one is aware of. The decision of moving Paediatic services from Withybush is purely political as most are aware & the reason provided is without any evidence, which will have serious impact on futture child health of Pembrokeshire. This reflects that incase there become a shortage of paramedics in future then the ambulance services will be at risk of shifting to Glangwilli only as well.
I am really disappointed in your campaign. I had no idea you have been going since 2012, and would gladly have added my voice if I had known. Your website is very complicated and makes it very difficult to join the protest. Please, please take note of the petition process used by, for example, 33 Degrees. With a couple of mouse clicks your opinion can be added to the petition, I am sure you will get a lot more people to support you if you do. It is important. Best wishes and thank you for your efforts, we need to win this.
J.E.Verrall, South Pembs
I drove my husband to hospital from Narberth in 2012 unaware that he was suffering from a heart attack. We made it to the A&E entrance. By the time I had run to the reception where we received immediate assistence from the wonderful receptionist and returned to him he died in front of us. The "crash" team were on the spot within seconds, they worked on him for 30 minutes............he's alive and well having had a five way by-pass and new mitral valve at Morriston Hospital. I have been informed that an ambulance would have been too late due to the nature of the emergency and he would definitely not have made it to Carmarthen. I was shocked to hear, during his two week stay at Withybush, of the number of local people drive or are driven to Withybush when experiencing chest pains.
There are new houses being built every where in Pembrokeshire. During holiday times the caravan parks are full of visitors. These people are certain to need emergency treatment at some time. Whether people will make it to Carmarthen and if they do the fear surely is that A&E unit there will be full to capacity.
From what I understand some 25% of U K energy comes through Milford Haven with our oil refineries , power stations and LNG Plants. Some time in the future there will be a major incident at one of these facilities and we will need a fully functioning hospital to deal with any crises.
I travel to Cardiff at least once sometimes twice a week , it can take me 1/2 hour to get to Carmarthen , last Friday it took me over an hour because of heavy traffic and road works . I dread to think what this time delay would have on an ambulance in an emergency situation .
The Welsh Assembly is the worse thing that ever happened to Wales . They are not prepared to fund the health service properly , yet can find money to give free subscriptions , reduce student grants and buy a "dead duck" airport.
There appears to be 23 members of the Health boad.. what is the costing the NHS and us .
Jason you are 100% correct. You need to put these sentiments down in a letter to Lesley Griffiths, the Health Minister. If you can get as many signatures as
possible from people you know to sign it as well or ask them to do similar letters.
hi, In withybush theres too many mangers and too many jobs made for people. i know many people that works there and they agree . I know the amount of red tape and paper work has gone up so they need more people, but when a member of staff i dont know why the sisiters has to apply to the finance department to see if they can hire another person when they re are the same pay and nothing changes but the name of the person. From the time someone leaves til a new qualified is working on the ward is 3-4 months,its wrong. If the sister wanted an extra staff then understandable but its just replacing a person .
I know that it took 3 high paid members of staff to do a servey of the seats along side the bed. 1 sat ,1 wrote and pushed the trolley.
hi, What i dont understand, if the centrailisation goes ahead, then that means, any patients seriously ill will be in carmarthen hospital or further afield. SO why do they want hospials half hour apart. Think about,half hour from carmarthen heading east, you ve got prince philip, morriston and singleton. If you go an hour east you ll get the heath cardiff. THEN that means anybody living in Dale,Marloes, St davids, angle (basically any1 living on west coast of pembrokeshire) either havent got a chance of suvival if they fall seriously ill or they ll be in hospital much longer cos they was so ill. Also if the patient is in carmarthen or further afield then there ll be less visitors for them. When people are older theres more chance of a stroke, so if theres a couple 60+, one of them has a stroke, they will not see their partner cos traveling from west coast of pembrokeshire to carmarthen is too far and it would minium an hour and a half to 2 hours by car and longer if taking public transport. Where as everyone would only have to travel half hour topps to get to a hospital.
I cant understand why they dont centrailise in pembrokeshire cos alot of people retired in pembrokeshire, and from carmarthen you can be in a number of hospitals in half an hour to an hour which are more advanced again, than expecting people of pembrokeshire to travel 2 hours for treatment
dear sir ,as a present employee of the Hywel Dda i find it increasingly difficult to understand why they need to abolish certain services at at Tenby or S/pembs. Like so many others we rely on these services (not everyone can drive,especially elderly residents who rely on the service provided by the MIU units .) ie. if an elderly patient with a skin tear requires none emergency treatment they can be seen at these centres.Job done, know, need to travel where they may be anxious,they just need to go home cup of tea and rest. Life is difficult enough why! make it more so .
Dear Claire, Many thanks for your support and we very much appreciate.
Well done to you all. I hope this is a step forward in the fight against downgrading Withybush Hospital and you still have my husband's and my support. from here in Northern Ireland.
I heard that we (SWAT) had a successful protest campaign at Sennedd 27th June 2012. Aprox 150 supporters (in 3 coaches) proteseted. I would value any comments.
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