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Community Health Service Change

Tuesday, 5 February 2013
At the meeting of the Health Board on 18th January it was decided to move forward with changes to the way some health services are delivered in North Wales.  Planning is now underway to enable these changes to take place.
Understandably, the prospect of change creates uncertainty for staff and service users.   Some services, such as minor injuries, already suffer periodic disruption due to staffing difficulties.  There is a risk that other services could become more difficult to operate safely as staff start to look at alternative roles and opportunities within the Health Board.
It has therefore been agreed that:
  • Minor Injuries Services will be consolidated in the hospital hubs over the next two weeks.  This will ensure we can offer a dependable, 7 day per week service at the hospital hubs, further supported by the services at Bryn Beryl and Tywyn Hospitals.  Minor Injuries services will therefore no longer be available at Llangollen, Chirk, Flint, Ruthin, Colwyn Bay and Blaenau Ffestiniog Hospitals.
  • Changes to X-ray services will go ahead as soon as possible, subject to the need to tie in with outpatient clinics that have already been booked.
  • Detailed planning to set up Enhanced Care at Home services across North Wales will start immediately.
  • From Monday 4th February staff at Flint, Llangollen and Prestatyn Hospitals will start their process of redeployment to strengthen other community and hospital services.  This means new admissions to these hospitals will cease.  Admissions to Blaenau Ffestiniog Hospital will continue at present.
At the moment the Community Health Council is considering its response to our planned changes and we fully respect their position. However, we have to balance this with safety of services, our use of resources and our desire to implement the planned service improvements.  The Board will continue to work with the Community Health Council over the next few weeks to address any outstanding concerns but it is right that, where appropriate, we move forward without undue delay.