Hywel Dda Health Board publishes its annual plan for 2013/2014
5:58pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
HEALTH officials are aiming to provide '80% of NHS services locally' they have said.
The pledge is at the core of Hywel Dda Health Board’s recently published 'annual plan for 2013/14'.
This plan is said to support the production of the authority's three-year plan, due to be published later this year.
The annual plan sets out progress made in the last year, 'high level objectives' for the year ahead and how the health board 'will respond to the key challenges ahead'.
Executive director for planning, strategic integration/ therapies and health science Kathryn Davies and director of clinical services Dr Philip Kloer presented the plan at the latest health board meeting.
Dr Kloer said: “Our vision is quite simple – to provide 80 per cent of NHS services locally, through primary, community and social care teams working together.
“We will provide this care either at home or close to home, within the community.
“This will support care for frail and older people, whilst allowing our hospitals to concentrate on what they do best – providing both planned and urgent care when it is needed.”
Among the health board’s objectives for the coming year are: to improve health and wellbeing; deliver quality healthcare in the most appropriate setting; and have high quality, safe and sustainable hospital services 'that meet the needs of our population'.
Ms Davies added: “For the past three years we have been talking to our health care professionals, our partners and the public about the future of our healthcare services.
“To re-design health services and ensure better outcomes for patients and the general public, we have now set up ten clinically-led population health groups to help deliver on our vision.”
Over the next year, the health board plans include' implementing the mental health and well-being strategy, delivering more care closer to home, delivering on consultation outcomes and containing costs through planning resources'.
The future of healthcare provision in the Hywel Dda area has been the cause of much concern in recent years, with fears of services being axed from Pembrokeshire and some patients being forced to travel elsewhere for some treatments and appointments.
Proposed changes currently being scrutinised include a proposal to close the Withybush Hospital's SCBU unit and the future of the minor injury units at Tenby and Pembroke Dock.
To view the 2013/2014 plan go to http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/862/AQSFinal201213sdm1.pdf
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