Hywel Dda University Health Board does not seem to feature in this realignment, but the principal of specialisation improving outcomes is sound. The problem with Orthopaedics is that results are better from cold centres which avoid emergency admissions… Will West Wales suffer by being omitted?
“Health boards across south Wales have are discussing whether to centralise key services into five hospitals.
It means services would be focused on the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Morriston Hospital in Swansea, a new hospital near Cwmbran, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr and the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.
Some services would be downgraded at the Royal Glamorgan in Llantrisant.
The recommendation needs to be accepted by the five south Wales health boards.
The proposal involves centralising high level emergency care – A&E – and specialist care for mothers, newborn babies and children, at fewer hospitals.
Four suggested options all included retaining the services in hospitals in Cardiff and Swansea……”