1,000 join latest fight to save Withybush Hospital services

1,000 join latest fight to save Withybush Hospital services

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

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NEARLY 1,000 health protestors brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning.

The young and the old came to show their anger at Hywel Dda University Health Board plans, backed by health minister Mark Drakeford, to close Withybush Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

This morning’s demonstration - the latest in a long line of events organised by Save Withybush Action Team (SWAT) – saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital.

They came brandishing placards and banners outlining fears about the risk to the lives of mothers and babies, chanting and singing, with whistles and with horns. The message remains unchanged – ‘Hands off Withybush Hospital’.

Under the plans, Pembrokeshire will be served by a midwife-led unit with only the lowest risk births happening in the county and other mothers’ having to travel to Carmarthen.

But there are serious fears about what will happen to women who develop complications suddenly and have no access to consultant obstetricians.

SWAT chairman Chris Overton said: “This is about letting them know we are still here. The message is that they are doing a dangerous thing. In 15 weeks time pregnant women and babies will be at risk.”

He added: “The whole thing is a farce.”

SWAT is holding another protest at the Senedd in Cardiff on Wednesday, June 18. Pictures to follow and much more in this week’s Western Telegraph.

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2:48pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

I hate to say this but living in Wales is becoming a farce...Westminster are desperate to get rid of us...and to hang onto Scotland because it has oil and we have nothing of value. The WG is hell bent on making Wales worse than a third world country...shame on them in Cardiff.
I hate to say this but living in Wales is becoming a farce...Westminster are desperate to get rid of us...and to hang onto Scotland because it has oil and we have nothing of value. The WG is hell bent on making Wales worse than a third world country...shame on them in Cardiff. Gogledd
  • Score: 16

7:43pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Magsg49 says...

The Baby Unit at Withybush Hospital should NEVER close, I was born at The County Hospital and four of my five children were born at St Thomas’ Hospital, both of which were closed and replaced with Withybush Hospital.

It has now been proposed that Withybush Baby Unit is to close with no replacement in the area. I think this is absolute MADNESS, as the population in surrounding areas is increasing; this closure will deprive new and unborn children of medical care at the earliest stage, where it is a life or death situation.

As we have all seen in the news recently, if it was not for the efforts of the highly skilled staff at Withybush Baby Unit, a mother could have lost one of her twins. This is but one on a number of situations which have not been reported in the media. Time was of the essence in this particular situation.

I would hereby like to take a moment, and urge you to seriously reconsider your decision regarding this issue. By closing this unit, you are jeopardising the well-being of both expectant mothers, as well as
their unborn children. Please, show a little humanity, and do the right thing.
The Baby Unit at Withybush Hospital should NEVER close, I was born at The County Hospital and four of my five children were born at St Thomas’ Hospital, both of which were closed and replaced with Withybush Hospital. It has now been proposed that Withybush Baby Unit is to close with no replacement in the area. I think this is absolute MADNESS, as the population in surrounding areas is increasing; this closure will deprive new and unborn children of medical care at the earliest stage, where it is a life or death situation. As we have all seen in the news recently, if it was not for the efforts of the highly skilled staff at Withybush Baby Unit, a mother could have lost one of her twins. This is but one on a number of situations which have not been reported in the media. Time was of the essence in this particular situation. I would hereby like to take a moment, and urge you to seriously reconsider your decision regarding this issue. By closing this unit, you are jeopardising the well-being of both expectant mothers, as well as their unborn children. Please, show a little humanity, and do the right thing. Magsg49
  • Score: 18

8:18pm Sun 13 Apr 14

ChilledLife says...

You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles.

"brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning."
"saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital."

It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families.

The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.
You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles. "brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning." "saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital." It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families. The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids. ChilledLife
  • Score: -55

10:45pm Mon 14 Apr 14

chizy says...

Were any of the 'Working For Pembrokeshire' mob there?
Just wondering...........
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Were any of the 'Working For Pembrokeshire' mob there? Just wondering........... .... chizy
  • Score: -10

3:11am Tue 15 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

It has become blatantly obvious over recent years that the Welsh Assembly is making a terrible job of managing the service areas that they are in control of. Cardiff seems the only area in Wales that seems to be doing well where as rural areas such as Pembrokeshire are seeing service after service being downgraded. They might be listening to us but it makes no difference. Lets face it people, we are in trouble and I fear this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Withybush Special Care Baby Unit has been doing a fantastic job for many years and without it many of our young people would simply not have survived. How much money exactly do the Health Board think that they are going to save annually by this move and at what cost ? The removal of this essential local service is obviously going to cost lives and if we lose say an extra 10 babies per year in order to save a few hundred thousand pounds will they still pat themselves on the back and claim they are providing value for money ? So people, when your baby dies as a result of the extra 30mins+ it takes you to get to Carmarthen then just remember the name of the man in charge who let it happen - Mark Drakeford Am "Working Hard for Cardiff West". Maybe some of you might like to email him and let him know what you think of his decision, his email address is : mark.drakeford@wales
.gov.uk
It has become blatantly obvious over recent years that the Welsh Assembly is making a terrible job of managing the service areas that they are in control of. Cardiff seems the only area in Wales that seems to be doing well where as rural areas such as Pembrokeshire are seeing service after service being downgraded. They might be listening to us but it makes no difference. Lets face it people, we are in trouble and I fear this is just the tip of the iceberg. Withybush Special Care Baby Unit has been doing a fantastic job for many years and without it many of our young people would simply not have survived. How much money exactly do the Health Board think that they are going to save annually by this move and at what cost ? The removal of this essential local service is obviously going to cost lives and if we lose say an extra 10 babies per year in order to save a few hundred thousand pounds will they still pat themselves on the back and claim they are providing value for money ? So people, when your baby dies as a result of the extra 30mins+ it takes you to get to Carmarthen then just remember the name of the man in charge who let it happen - Mark Drakeford Am "Working Hard for Cardiff West". Maybe some of you might like to email him and let him know what you think of his decision, his email address is : mark.drakeford@wales .gov.uk Bilbo101
  • Score: 18

2:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

eirona says...

ChilledLife wrote:
You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles.

"brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning."
"saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital."

It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families.

The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.
You better hope you are not really sick in future and have to go to Glangwili.
Too be honest I am disgusted with your attitude & lack of knowledge. It was not just £ shops & supermarkets open but agree many were closed. It was the police who moved date from Saturday to Sunday for safety. The point was not to see councilors (a few on march) or decision makers but to keep cause in public eye as there is a lot of apathy from people like you who have not bothered to look into effects of proposals and think for themselves. The traffic was stopped on some roads and sorry if this caused you a minor inconvenience but others on march put themselves out much more as some who could hardly walk selflessly forced themselves fighting to keep services you or your family may be glad of some day. Pity you did not join march yourself rather than criticize those who did.
[quote][p][bold]ChilledLife[/bold] wrote: You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles. "brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning." "saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital." It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families. The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.[/p][/quote]You better hope you are not really sick in future and have to go to Glangwili. Too be honest I am disgusted with your attitude & lack of knowledge. It was not just £ shops & supermarkets open but agree many were closed. It was the police who moved date from Saturday to Sunday for safety. The point was not to see councilors (a few on march) or decision makers but to keep cause in public eye as there is a lot of apathy from people like you who have not bothered to look into effects of proposals and think for themselves. The traffic was stopped on some roads and sorry if this caused you a minor inconvenience but others on march put themselves out much more as some who could hardly walk selflessly forced themselves fighting to keep services you or your family may be glad of some day. Pity you did not join march yourself rather than criticize those who did. eirona
  • Score: 51

3:09pm Tue 15 Apr 14

singer1982 says...

ChilledLife wrote:
You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles.

"brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning."
"saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital."

It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families.

The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.
Awww chilled life people like you really make my blood boil. You are obviously such a small minded person who really lacks in the necessary knowledge. I really hope for your sake and your loved ones that you are not sick and need medical care that may only be available in Carmarthen.
I'm sorry the march caused you a little inconvenience. If only you could be bothered to make the effort rather than be a keyboard warrior and criticise the selfless people on the walk. I walked on Sunday along with all the other woman, men and children of all ages. It was my first walk, which I did with the aid of my crutches as I could not attend the marches previously as I had a major hip operation. But I did it this time to help and try and make a difference in fighting for health services that the whole of Pembrokeshire truly needs if lives are to be saved. I did not sit at home thinking about the inconvenience that a march would cause. People like you really are pathetic. I know I will walk with my head held high that I have tried along with family members and my two daughters aged 3 and 6, to help save the local essential services.
[quote][p][bold]ChilledLife[/bold] wrote: You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles. "brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning." "saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital." It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families. The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.[/p][/quote]Awww chilled life people like you really make my blood boil. You are obviously such a small minded person who really lacks in the necessary knowledge. I really hope for your sake and your loved ones that you are not sick and need medical care that may only be available in Carmarthen. I'm sorry the march caused you a little inconvenience. If only you could be bothered to make the effort rather than be a keyboard warrior and criticise the selfless people on the walk. I walked on Sunday along with all the other woman, men and children of all ages. It was my first walk, which I did with the aid of my crutches as I could not attend the marches previously as I had a major hip operation. But I did it this time to help and try and make a difference in fighting for health services that the whole of Pembrokeshire truly needs if lives are to be saved. I did not sit at home thinking about the inconvenience that a march would cause. People like you really are pathetic. I know I will walk with my head held high that I have tried along with family members and my two daughters aged 3 and 6, to help save the local essential services. singer1982
  • Score: 28

8:03pm Tue 15 Apr 14

amiright says...

ChilledLife wrote:
You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles.

"brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning."
"saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital."

It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families.

The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.
Maybe you or one of the members of your family might think again on the way to Carmarthen then when they close Withybush and you don't get there in time, see what you think then!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Withybush wasn't shut by the way.
[quote][p][bold]ChilledLife[/bold] wrote: You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles. "brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning." "saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital." It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families. The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.[/p][/quote]Maybe you or one of the members of your family might think again on the way to Carmarthen then when they close Withybush and you don't get there in time, see what you think then!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Withybush wasn't shut by the way. amiright
  • Score: 9

8:59pm Wed 16 Apr 14

gloriousgaynor says...

Chilledlife-
I sincerely hope there's not too many others with your ignorant arrogant attitude or the good decent caring people of Pembrokeshire are doomed! As long as you're alright jack s*d the rest of us!
Chilledlife- I sincerely hope there's not too many others with your ignorant arrogant attitude or the good decent caring people of Pembrokeshire are doomed! As long as you're alright jack s*d the rest of us! gloriousgaynor
  • Score: 5

7:32am Fri 18 Apr 14

Invisible but here says...

ChilledLife wrote:
You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles.

"brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning."
"saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital."

It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families.

The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.
I must agree, the march was moved to a day that had the least impact on the town's day to day movements.

Hats off to the swat team and everyone who attended, however, if the police hadn't moved the march to a Sunday, there would have been far more of an impact and awareness.

The reporting of events should reflect a true picture. One thing that is fact, all people in Pembrokeshire will be affected by these changes. No matter if you are the cleaner or the chairman, the chief constable, the councillor or simply trying get to a place with your children, everyone of us and our families will need health care at some point.

There is no point complaining after death. Prevention is better than cure.
[quote][p][bold]ChilledLife[/bold] wrote: You know what, I'm sick of these people and the style of reporting used for these articles. "brought Haverfordwest to a standstill this morning." "saw traffic stopped as protestors’ marched from County Hall, along Bridge Street and through Prendergast, gathering outside Withybush Hospital." It was a sunny Sunday morning, the only shops open were £ stores and supermarkets, nothing was brought to a standstill because Haverfordwest IS a standstill on Sundays. It may come as a huge surprise to SWAT and the Western Telegraph but the council isn't open on Sunday, nor are ANY higher ups, board members, decision makers or absolutely anyone of any influence working on a Sunday, they are happily spending time with their families. The only people inconvenienced were working families trying to get places on the weekend with their kids.[/p][/quote]I must agree, the march was moved to a day that had the least impact on the town's day to day movements. Hats off to the swat team and everyone who attended, however, if the police hadn't moved the march to a Sunday, there would have been far more of an impact and awareness. The reporting of events should reflect a true picture. One thing that is fact, all people in Pembrokeshire will be affected by these changes. No matter if you are the cleaner or the chairman, the chief constable, the councillor or simply trying get to a place with your children, everyone of us and our families will need health care at some point. There is no point complaining after death. Prevention is better than cure. Invisible but here
  • Score: 0

10:49pm Sat 19 Apr 14

pembrokedock123 says...

I was one of the people who was held up last Sunday - it was pain in the neck and it did not look like anywhere near 1000 people - they were just really slow walkers.

It is obvious that the level of population here for most of the year cannot support the highest level of (expensive) medicine nowadays - what is important is that we have access to that best and safest care - not that it is on our doorstep. Is there a proposal that maternity will be closed in Withybush? that is what most of the protestors are implying.

All of rural Wales, and any rural areas, have these challenges in delivering high quality healthcare on the doorstep - most vulnerable babies from Aberystwyth are born in Shrewsbury - not even the same country.

Let's face it - everyone in Pembs knows someone who has been let down by Withybush Hospital's second rate care. The staff are only human and just do not get the support and investment that they, and more than that, the people of Pembrokeshire deserve.
I was one of the people who was held up last Sunday - it was pain in the neck and it did not look like anywhere near 1000 people - they were just really slow walkers. It is obvious that the level of population here for most of the year cannot support the highest level of (expensive) medicine nowadays - what is important is that we have access to that best and safest care - not that it is on our doorstep. Is there a proposal that maternity will be closed in Withybush? that is what most of the protestors are implying. All of rural Wales, and any rural areas, have these challenges in delivering high quality healthcare on the doorstep - most vulnerable babies from Aberystwyth are born in Shrewsbury - not even the same country. Let's face it - everyone in Pembs knows someone who has been let down by Withybush Hospital's second rate care. The staff are only human and just do not get the support and investment that they, and more than that, the people of Pembrokeshire deserve. pembrokedock123
  • Score: -6

12:18pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

pembrokedock123 wrote:
I was one of the people who was held up last Sunday - it was pain in the neck and it did not look like anywhere near 1000 people - they were just really slow walkers.

It is obvious that the level of population here for most of the year cannot support the highest level of (expensive) medicine nowadays - what is important is that we have access to that best and safest care - not that it is on our doorstep. Is there a proposal that maternity will be closed in Withybush? that is what most of the protestors are implying.

All of rural Wales, and any rural areas, have these challenges in delivering high quality healthcare on the doorstep - most vulnerable babies from Aberystwyth are born in Shrewsbury - not even the same country.

Let's face it - everyone in Pembs knows someone who has been let down by Withybush Hospital's second rate care. The staff are only human and just do not get the support and investment that they, and more than that, the people of Pembrokeshire deserve.
What a negative and depressing point of view. It seems that many people just don't care until it is a member of their own family that requires these services. The SCBU has been operating very successfully in Withybush for as long as I can remember, at least 20+ years. When a baby gets into trouble and needs the help of the SCBU then it is usually a medical emergency and the delay in transporting that baby from Withybush to Carmarthen could easily be at least 1hr, which is sadly likely to be far too long for some babies.

It is inevitable that some Pembrokeshire babies will lose their lives as a result of this move and for what ? to save up to £500,000 per year. If 10 babies die per year as a result of this move then that will work out at £50,000 per baby. Human life is becoming very cheap these days!

£500,000 saving for a county of our size is peanuts and equates to £2 per person.

I am really sorry your Sunday was inconvenienced, that is really bad, it must have really spoilt you day.
[quote][p][bold]pembrokedock123[/bold] wrote: I was one of the people who was held up last Sunday - it was pain in the neck and it did not look like anywhere near 1000 people - they were just really slow walkers. It is obvious that the level of population here for most of the year cannot support the highest level of (expensive) medicine nowadays - what is important is that we have access to that best and safest care - not that it is on our doorstep. Is there a proposal that maternity will be closed in Withybush? that is what most of the protestors are implying. All of rural Wales, and any rural areas, have these challenges in delivering high quality healthcare on the doorstep - most vulnerable babies from Aberystwyth are born in Shrewsbury - not even the same country. Let's face it - everyone in Pembs knows someone who has been let down by Withybush Hospital's second rate care. The staff are only human and just do not get the support and investment that they, and more than that, the people of Pembrokeshire deserve.[/p][/quote]What a negative and depressing point of view. It seems that many people just don't care until it is a member of their own family that requires these services. The SCBU has been operating very successfully in Withybush for as long as I can remember, at least 20+ years. When a baby gets into trouble and needs the help of the SCBU then it is usually a medical emergency and the delay in transporting that baby from Withybush to Carmarthen could easily be at least 1hr, which is sadly likely to be far too long for some babies. It is inevitable that some Pembrokeshire babies will lose their lives as a result of this move and for what ? to save up to £500,000 per year. If 10 babies die per year as a result of this move then that will work out at £50,000 per baby. Human life is becoming very cheap these days! £500,000 saving for a county of our size is peanuts and equates to £2 per person. I am really sorry your Sunday was inconvenienced, that is really bad, it must have really spoilt you day. Bilbo101
  • Score: 5

7:26pm Wed 7 May 14

eirona says...

pembrokedock123 wrote:
I was one of the people who was held up last Sunday - it was pain in the neck and it did not look like anywhere near 1000 people - they were just really slow walkers.

It is obvious that the level of population here for most of the year cannot support the highest level of (expensive) medicine nowadays - what is important is that we have access to that best and safest care - not that it is on our doorstep. Is there a proposal that maternity will be closed in Withybush? that is what most of the protestors are implying.

All of rural Wales, and any rural areas, have these challenges in delivering high quality healthcare on the doorstep - most vulnerable babies from Aberystwyth are born in Shrewsbury - not even the same country.

Let's face it - everyone in Pembs knows someone who has been let down by Withybush Hospital's second rate care. The staff are only human and just do not get the support and investment that they, and more than that, the people of Pembrokeshire deserve.
It is a shame you do not take enough interest to educate yourself about what is happening. What it means is instead of 1360 babies born at Withybush as last year there will only be 3 maternity beds, 1 midwife, a health worker and the mothers community midwife for assessed low risk mothers. This will mean over 1000 women will have to travel to Glangwili to give birth. What happens when a low risk mother develops last minute complications needing a consultant, she will have to travel to Glangwili by ambulance and some mothers and babies will not make it. Paediatrics is also going to Glangwili.along with SCBU. This means we will not have a full A & E as now, more along lines of a minor injuries unit whatever they call it. It is not about having the highest level of expensive medicine but about keeping the basic essential services in Pembrokeshire as some currently have to travel for 20 mins or more(St Davids, Fishguard, Dales areas etc) to get to H'west but after will have another 45 mins to go to Carmarthen. Carmarthen have dual carriageway & motorway direct to Swansea and also have another hospital in Llanelli. If you think Withybush is second rate wait until you have to go to Glangwili, Visitors who have had to use Withybush have frequently commented on how good it was
[quote][p][bold]pembrokedock123[/bold] wrote: I was one of the people who was held up last Sunday - it was pain in the neck and it did not look like anywhere near 1000 people - they were just really slow walkers. It is obvious that the level of population here for most of the year cannot support the highest level of (expensive) medicine nowadays - what is important is that we have access to that best and safest care - not that it is on our doorstep. Is there a proposal that maternity will be closed in Withybush? that is what most of the protestors are implying. All of rural Wales, and any rural areas, have these challenges in delivering high quality healthcare on the doorstep - most vulnerable babies from Aberystwyth are born in Shrewsbury - not even the same country. Let's face it - everyone in Pembs knows someone who has been let down by Withybush Hospital's second rate care. The staff are only human and just do not get the support and investment that they, and more than that, the people of Pembrokeshire deserve.[/p][/quote]It is a shame you do not take enough interest to educate yourself about what is happening. What it means is instead of 1360 babies born at Withybush as last year there will only be 3 maternity beds, 1 midwife, a health worker and the mothers community midwife for assessed low risk mothers. This will mean over 1000 women will have to travel to Glangwili to give birth. What happens when a low risk mother develops last minute complications needing a consultant, she will have to travel to Glangwili by ambulance and some mothers and babies will not make it. Paediatrics is also going to Glangwili.along with SCBU. This means we will not have a full A & E as now, more along lines of a minor injuries unit whatever they call it. It is not about having the highest level of expensive medicine but about keeping the basic essential services in Pembrokeshire as some currently have to travel for 20 mins or more(St Davids, Fishguard, Dales areas etc) to get to H'west but after will have another 45 mins to go to Carmarthen. Carmarthen have dual carriageway & motorway direct to Swansea and also have another hospital in Llanelli. If you think Withybush is second rate wait until you have to go to Glangwili, Visitors who have had to use Withybush have frequently commented on how good it was eirona
  • Score: 2

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