Pilot scheme will be held during peak summer period in Tenby
1:02pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 in News
The two minor injury units at Pembroke Dock and Tenby WILL close, the extraordinary meeting of Hywel Dda Health Board has decided today.
The board, meeting in Carmarthen, is currently going through recommendations for the future shape of health services in mid and west Wales.
During Your Health Your Future Consultation people were asked about transferring minor injury services currently provided at South Pembrokeshire and Tenby Hospitals to community based services.
The extraordinary board meeting today supported recommendations to commission enhanced access to primary care (community based) services, close the units and redeploy the specialist nursing staff to emergency services at Withybush Hospital.
But the board announced that there will be an additional pilot service in Tenby during the peak tourist period.
A seasonal minor injuries service will initially be piloted for eight weeks from mid July to September (including weekends and Bank Holidays).
The provider of the service is to be determined but could include a local GP practice, pharmacy or a voluntary sector provider.
Director of Planning and Operations Mark Brandraeth said: “On average only 11 people attend the Minor Injury Unit in South Pembrokeshire a day and 15 people a day at Tenby Hospital. During the temporary closure of the Minor Injury Units in January 2012 it became clear these people only attended the units for very minor injuries or illnesses which can be dealt with by self care or through primary healthcare such as their GP or local pharmacy.
“The health board listened to local people and aims to meet the challenges we heard in the consultation, by retaining the services locally which will minimise additional patient travel.
“We recognise the increase of population in Tenby during the summer months and the concerns raised by residents about this and our plans include extra provision to deal with this increased demand.”
The full recommendation report, and other resources, can be found at www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/Consultation