Tenby surgery fears as patients queue for appointments

Tenby surgery.

Tenby surgery.

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Calls for an investigation into a ‘serious state of affairs’ at a Pembrokeshire health centre are being made this week.

From the end of this month, there will only be three GP s at Tenby Surgery - to serve a town with no minor injuries unit and a 60,000-plus summer population.

MP Simon Hart, Tenby Town Council and county councillor Michael Williams are all voicing concerns about the GP situation and also the difficulty being experienced by patients in getting appointments.

Councillor Williams said that at 8am last Tuesday, there were 16 people queuing outside the practice waiting for appointments, and that the phone lines, which open at 8.30am, can then be engaged for up to an hour.

The surgery is now telling patients that only book-on-the-day GP appointments are currently available ‘due to national recruitment shortages’.

Tenby Town Council has asked Hywel Dda Health Board chairman Chris Martin to look into the situation, which it says is ‘causing great anxiety within our community’.

Mr Hart has raised the issued with the health board and the Welsh Health Minister, and said: “The surgery agrees that this is a serious state of affairs and needs urgent correction.“ He added that the practice manager had told him that demand for the services has risen at the same time as GP numbers have gone down.

“Despite extensive advertising, they have so far been unable to fill the vacancies,” he said. “Uncertainty over the future of Withybush is also acting as a deterrent to professionals who may be considering moving to the area.”

A spokesperson for the board said they were aware of the challenges being faced by the practice and there had been several meetings as a result.

She added: “We will continuously monitor the delivery of services and continue to support the practice to to overcome what is hoped to be a temporary situation.”

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10:04am Thu 22 May 14

Gogledd says...

And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.
And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent. Gogledd
  • Score: 11

10:10am Thu 22 May 14

tenbywarrior says...

What a sad state of affairs! Both WAG and Hywel Dda Health Board should be ashamed of themselves. It's pretty obvious that the problems at Tenby Surgery are a direct result of the closure of Tenby's Minor Injuries Unit and that the Surgery just isn't big enough to handle the extra pressure of seeing patients that could have been seen at the MIU.

God help us when Withybush A&E is downgraded to 12hrs/day from August 31st, making Pembrokeshire the only County in the whole of the UK not to have a 24hr A&E! Knock on effect will be that it will be even harder to get an Ambulance at night as they will be travelling the extra distance to Glangwili.
What a sad state of affairs! Both WAG and Hywel Dda Health Board should be ashamed of themselves. It's pretty obvious that the problems at Tenby Surgery are a direct result of the closure of Tenby's Minor Injuries Unit and that the Surgery just isn't big enough to handle the extra pressure of seeing patients that could have been seen at the MIU. God help us when Withybush A&E is downgraded to 12hrs/day from August 31st, making Pembrokeshire the only County in the whole of the UK not to have a 24hr A&E! Knock on effect will be that it will be even harder to get an Ambulance at night as they will be travelling the extra distance to Glangwili. tenbywarrior
  • Score: 17

10:48am Thu 22 May 14

Gogledd says...

Yes, it is a disgraceful situation...but also because its brainless...and thats what gets me that no one in their right minds would allow this situation to develop...except it seems the WG in their infinite wisdom. The other thing is of course, that GP's do not want to come here. Why should they.What was an excellentl education system for tour children is now on its knees, and no decent health service at the local hospital. The fact that they are doctors doesnt mean they are not human and make the same choices we do based on what benefits their family and their future. In the meantime we are back to the same old same old of PCC feathering its own nest along with the WG who is currently spending 80million on building some sort of new boulevard in Swansea...its doesnt make sense...it should be putting money into services that people need to live not squandering it on white elephant schemes and pie in the sky projects.
Yes, it is a disgraceful situation...but also because its brainless...and thats what gets me that no one in their right minds would allow this situation to develop...except it seems the WG in their infinite wisdom. The other thing is of course, that GP's do not want to come here. Why should they.What was an excellentl education system for tour children is now on its knees, and no decent health service at the local hospital. The fact that they are doctors doesnt mean they are not human and make the same choices we do based on what benefits their family and their future. In the meantime we are back to the same old same old of PCC feathering its own nest along with the WG who is currently spending 80million on building some sort of new boulevard in Swansea...its doesnt make sense...it should be putting money into services that people need to live not squandering it on white elephant schemes and pie in the sky projects. Gogledd
  • Score: 5

10:55am Thu 22 May 14

GrumpyMiddleagedWoman says...

'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'?
This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.
'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'? This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time. GrumpyMiddleagedWoman
  • Score: 9

11:00am Thu 22 May 14

tenbywarrior says...

I think the hours' wait is an understatement - I know people who frequently wait a lot longer than that. Also, there are frequently more than the stated 16 people waiting outside the surgery.

I was recently talking to a tourist from the USA that commented that he'd seen a better range of healthcare services in remote parts of Africa!
I think the hours' wait is an understatement - I know people who frequently wait a lot longer than that. Also, there are frequently more than the stated 16 people waiting outside the surgery. I was recently talking to a tourist from the USA that commented that he'd seen a better range of healthcare services in remote parts of Africa! tenbywarrior
  • Score: 12

11:27am Thu 22 May 14

Health fighter says...

The Health Board will probably want to close the surgery as they have done
with other facilities in our county. Simon Hancok is one of the few Pembrokeshire members of the Health Board members, he should be doing all that he can to help protect our services but we hear little if anything from him.
The Health Board will probably want to close the surgery as they have done with other facilities in our county. Simon Hancok is one of the few Pembrokeshire members of the Health Board members, he should be doing all that he can to help protect our services but we hear little if anything from him. Health fighter
  • Score: 11

11:28am Thu 22 May 14

Gogledd says...

What I see as being the big problem is that Govt both local and the WG is spending money on all the wrong things. We all understand that prices are rising despite what is said re inflation figs etc. I know that we have to maintain the roads etc and infrastructure but we dont have to spend money on non essential services. So, how do you quantify those. Well, we dont need a new boulevard to be like Barcelona in Swansea price tag 80 mill so my cousin tells me. We dont need to spend 1.5 mill on buying up an old manor house to make it into a martial arts centre and we dont necessarily need a new Race Track Wales etiher...these are nice things to have and will bring benefits to the people of South East Wales, but they are precious little use to us here. Race Track Wales is going to be out of the reach to enter of most people anyway. We need to prioritise what is important and Health is at the heart of every successful economy and jobs of course, but you cannot work if you are not well and cared for. can u?
What I see as being the big problem is that Govt both local and the WG is spending money on all the wrong things. We all understand that prices are rising despite what is said re inflation figs etc. I know that we have to maintain the roads etc and infrastructure but we dont have to spend money on non essential services. So, how do you quantify those. Well, we dont need a new boulevard to be like Barcelona in Swansea price tag 80 mill so my cousin tells me. We dont need to spend 1.5 mill on buying up an old manor house to make it into a martial arts centre and we dont necessarily need a new Race Track Wales etiher...these are nice things to have and will bring benefits to the people of South East Wales, but they are precious little use to us here. Race Track Wales is going to be out of the reach to enter of most people anyway. We need to prioritise what is important and Health is at the heart of every successful economy and jobs of course, but you cannot work if you are not well and cared for. can u? Gogledd
  • Score: 7

1:49pm Thu 22 May 14

Cymru bach says...

Comments on not being able to attract Doctors to the area because of Withybush and failing schools don't hold water as two Doctors who are leaving Tenby Surgery are staying in the area. One is moving to Narberth and one is moving to Neyland surgery.

I fully agree on the point of spending money on unnecessary things. Add to the list the 8.5million being spent on a Welsh school in Tenby. There is already a redundant school Building in Pentlepoir, and I am sure virtually everyone would rather see the money spent on healthcare.
Comments on not being able to attract Doctors to the area because of Withybush and failing schools don't hold water as two Doctors who are leaving Tenby Surgery are staying in the area. One is moving to Narberth and one is moving to Neyland surgery. I fully agree on the point of spending money on unnecessary things. Add to the list the 8.5million being spent on a Welsh school in Tenby. There is already a redundant school Building in Pentlepoir, and I am sure virtually everyone would rather see the money spent on healthcare. Cymru bach
  • Score: 6

2:15pm Thu 22 May 14

Gogledd says...

Cymru bach wrote:
Comments on not being able to attract Doctors to the area because of Withybush and failing schools don't hold water as two Doctors who are leaving Tenby Surgery are staying in the area. One is moving to Narberth and one is moving to Neyland surgery.

I fully agree on the point of spending money on unnecessary things. Add to the list the 8.5million being spent on a Welsh school in Tenby. There is already a redundant school Building in Pentlepoir, and I am sure virtually everyone would rather see the money spent on healthcare.
Fair comment, however I do know of a GP who has left N Pembrokeshire because of these reasons plus the fact that it was considered dead end. Yes, the Welsh language school in Tenby is a good example. However, that depends on how much importance you spend on continuing the Welsh Language. My son went into the Welsh Language system because it was considered a better educational system with more emphasis on art and culture all of which is important..This was 30 odd years ago. That though is another subject for debate isnt it.?
[quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: Comments on not being able to attract Doctors to the area because of Withybush and failing schools don't hold water as two Doctors who are leaving Tenby Surgery are staying in the area. One is moving to Narberth and one is moving to Neyland surgery. I fully agree on the point of spending money on unnecessary things. Add to the list the 8.5million being spent on a Welsh school in Tenby. There is already a redundant school Building in Pentlepoir, and I am sure virtually everyone would rather see the money spent on healthcare.[/p][/quote]Fair comment, however I do know of a GP who has left N Pembrokeshire because of these reasons plus the fact that it was considered dead end. Yes, the Welsh language school in Tenby is a good example. However, that depends on how much importance you spend on continuing the Welsh Language. My son went into the Welsh Language system because it was considered a better educational system with more emphasis on art and culture all of which is important..This was 30 odd years ago. That though is another subject for debate isnt it.? Gogledd
  • Score: 3

2:18pm Thu 22 May 14

tenbywarrior says...

I agree with all you say Cymru Bach apart from the School comments. Tenby badly needs a new school. For all the negative letters (all 3 or 4 of them!) that have been in the Observer, I know scores more that are looking forward to the new School being built. As for using Pentlepoir instead, have you seen how run down it is? Have you seen how small it is?

Anyhow, these comments should be for the above story.
I agree with all you say Cymru Bach apart from the School comments. Tenby badly needs a new school. For all the negative letters (all 3 or 4 of them!) that have been in the Observer, I know scores more that are looking forward to the new School being built. As for using Pentlepoir instead, have you seen how run down it is? Have you seen how small it is? Anyhow, these comments should be for the above story. tenbywarrior
  • Score: -2

4:04pm Thu 22 May 14

tenbywarrior says...

I just want to point out that with my above comments I am in no way blaming the surgery. I have huge respect for them and they are doing a great job. It is not their fault if they are unable to recruit doctors - there is a national shortage. I just don't think the health board are helping by having closed the miu.
I just want to point out that with my above comments I am in no way blaming the surgery. I have huge respect for them and they are doing a great job. It is not their fault if they are unable to recruit doctors - there is a national shortage. I just don't think the health board are helping by having closed the miu. tenbywarrior
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Thu 22 May 14

teifion says...

GrumpyMiddleagedWoma
n
wrote:
'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'?
This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.
and Pembroke and Neyland
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyMiddleagedWoma n[/bold] wrote: 'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'? This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.[/p][/quote]and Pembroke and Neyland teifion
  • Score: 5

5:32pm Thu 22 May 14

teifion says...

GrumpyMiddleagedWoma
n
wrote:
'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'?
This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.
Oh Dear, another "hub" in Carmarthen - Drs no longer talking about that golden hour for heart attacks and strokes as money is more important for the senioor managers

http://www.bbc.com/n
ews/uk-wales-2750516
1
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyMiddleagedWoma n[/bold] wrote: 'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'? This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.[/p][/quote]Oh Dear, another "hub" in Carmarthen - Drs no longer talking about that golden hour for heart attacks and strokes as money is more important for the senioor managers http://www.bbc.com/n ews/uk-wales-2750516 1 teifion
  • Score: 6

5:32pm Thu 22 May 14

teifion says...

GrumpyMiddleagedWoma
n
wrote:
'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'?
This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.
Oh Dear, another "hub" in Carmarthen - Drs no longer talking about that golden hour for heart attacks and strokes as money is more important for the senioor managers

http://www.bbc.com/n
ews/uk-wales-2750516
1
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyMiddleagedWoma n[/bold] wrote: 'an hour's wait to answer the telephone' and 'same day apointments only'? This is what happens in Pembroke Dock already, and has done for a considerable time.[/p][/quote]Oh Dear, another "hub" in Carmarthen - Drs no longer talking about that golden hour for heart attacks and strokes as money is more important for the senioor managers http://www.bbc.com/n ews/uk-wales-2750516 1 teifion
  • Score: 2

5:37pm Thu 22 May 14

Cymru bach says...

Sorry to hijack the thread but re the school. Yes I fully support a Welsh School but don't support spending 8.5million on it.

I do not agree that Tenby desperately needs a new school, my children went there and did great. The building has also been vastly improved since then. I have heard no one complaining about the inadequacies of the buildings.

Pentlepoir is land owned by the Council I'm sure that a suitable building could be erected there or elsewhere for much less than 8.5m. What is the point of building a new school on a Rugby pitch, then knocking another school down to make a Rugby pitch! The Council initially planned to turn the infants into a Welsh, then it was going to be the library, and now it is going to be knocked down and turned into a Rugby pitch. The Junior school was going to have another floor put on it to incorporate the infants as part of plan 1. The Council haven't got a clue what they are doing and are making it up as they are going along

I commented on the school issue on this story Tenby Warrior to show how ludicrous the decision to spend 8.5million on the school is. If you had a referendum in a Tenby to ask if people wanted a new school or a fully functioning health service with a MIU I know what the answer would be.
Sorry to hijack the thread but re the school. Yes I fully support a Welsh School but don't support spending 8.5million on it. I do not agree that Tenby desperately needs a new school, my children went there and did great. The building has also been vastly improved since then. I have heard no one complaining about the inadequacies of the buildings. Pentlepoir is land owned by the Council I'm sure that a suitable building could be erected there or elsewhere for much less than 8.5m. What is the point of building a new school on a Rugby pitch, then knocking another school down to make a Rugby pitch! The Council initially planned to turn the infants into a Welsh, then it was going to be the library, and now it is going to be knocked down and turned into a Rugby pitch. The Junior school was going to have another floor put on it to incorporate the infants as part of plan 1. The Council haven't got a clue what they are doing and are making it up as they are going along I commented on the school issue on this story Tenby Warrior to show how ludicrous the decision to spend 8.5million on the school is. If you had a referendum in a Tenby to ask if people wanted a new school or a fully functioning health service with a MIU I know what the answer would be. Cymru bach
  • Score: 8

5:48pm Thu 22 May 14

tenbywarrior says...

I can see your point cymru Bach. It is a lot money to be spent but I'm glad the money is being spent in Tenby on something that benefits our children.

Back to this story, I hope that people don't start blaming Tenby surgery for these problems when it is clearly a nationwide problem - they are doing their best with what they have. I realise my initial comments seemed a bit negative towards the surgery but that wasn't my intention.
I can see your point cymru Bach. It is a lot money to be spent but I'm glad the money is being spent in Tenby on something that benefits our children. Back to this story, I hope that people don't start blaming Tenby surgery for these problems when it is clearly a nationwide problem - they are doing their best with what they have. I realise my initial comments seemed a bit negative towards the surgery but that wasn't my intention. tenbywarrior
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Thu 22 May 14

Gogledd says...

I cant comment on English waiting times as I have no point of reference. I can tell you that my mother in law in N Wales who is 90 has to wait 3-4 weeks to see her GP. The phones in the morning are constantly engaged and its an 0845 number at 5p per minute while you are on hold!!..a disgrace in itself. She isnt able at her age to just pop down to the surgery to physically make an appointment. So what on earth you do about that I do not know!! I only hear about how dreadful things in Wales are becoming and how far behind England we are via the television and media.
I cant comment on English waiting times as I have no point of reference. I can tell you that my mother in law in N Wales who is 90 has to wait 3-4 weeks to see her GP. The phones in the morning are constantly engaged and its an 0845 number at 5p per minute while you are on hold!!..a disgrace in itself. She isnt able at her age to just pop down to the surgery to physically make an appointment. So what on earth you do about that I do not know!! I only hear about how dreadful things in Wales are becoming and how far behind England we are via the television and media. Gogledd
  • Score: 3

10:57pm Thu 22 May 14

teifion says...

tenbywarrior wrote:
I can see your point cymru Bach. It is a lot money to be spent but I'm glad the money is being spent in Tenby on something that benefits our children.

Back to this story, I hope that people don't start blaming Tenby surgery for these problems when it is clearly a nationwide problem - they are doing their best with what they have. I realise my initial comments seemed a bit negative towards the surgery but that wasn't my intention.
nationwide issue? I assume you mean Wales?

We have free parking and free prescriptions to keep the stupid happy whilst we don't have access to 24 life saving cancer drugs FREELY available in England despite the funding issues there too,

Ruddy Senedd, ruddy useless boyos looking after their mates - same everywhere - no wonder Ukip is getting popular :(
[quote][p][bold]tenbywarrior[/bold] wrote: I can see your point cymru Bach. It is a lot money to be spent but I'm glad the money is being spent in Tenby on something that benefits our children. Back to this story, I hope that people don't start blaming Tenby surgery for these problems when it is clearly a nationwide problem - they are doing their best with what they have. I realise my initial comments seemed a bit negative towards the surgery but that wasn't my intention.[/p][/quote]nationwide issue? I assume you mean Wales? We have free parking and free prescriptions to keep the stupid happy whilst we don't have access to 24 life saving cancer drugs FREELY available in England despite the funding issues there too, Ruddy Senedd, ruddy useless boyos looking after their mates - same everywhere - no wonder Ukip is getting popular :( teifion
  • Score: -3

7:45am Fri 23 May 14

teifion says...

Gogledd wrote:
And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.
I'd pay £25 so that I COULD see a GP :(
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.[/p][/quote]I'd pay £25 so that I COULD see a GP :( teifion
  • Score: -1

10:29am Fri 23 May 14

Bilbo101 says...

Gogledd wrote:
And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.
Yes indeed, it is like charging us twice for the same service which we are already paying for through PAYE and National Insurance. Is it our fault that the practice has mis-managed the situation ? nope.

Every week now there is a story of some service in Pembrokeshire being downgraded, whether it be by the health board or by PCC. They always come out with a list of excuses but 9 times out of 10 this all comes down to mismanagement. We pay these people vast sums of cash and in return they screw everything up.

If they are having problems recruiting GP's in Tenby then that is because the Health Board / GP practice has not advertised the positions well enough. Tenby is one of the best places to live in the UK it should be an easy sell to get GP's to relocate down here and saying that uncertainty over Withybush is acting as a deterrent is rubbish. Advertising extensively is one thing, but if the adverts are poor then it does not matter how extensively they advertise the adverts will not do their job. The practice should spend some money with an advertising agency to properly market the positions.
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed, it is like charging us twice for the same service which we are already paying for through PAYE and National Insurance. Is it our fault that the practice has mis-managed the situation ? nope. Every week now there is a story of some service in Pembrokeshire being downgraded, whether it be by the health board or by PCC. They always come out with a list of excuses but 9 times out of 10 this all comes down to mismanagement. We pay these people vast sums of cash and in return they screw everything up. If they are having problems recruiting GP's in Tenby then that is because the Health Board / GP practice has not advertised the positions well enough. Tenby is one of the best places to live in the UK it should be an easy sell to get GP's to relocate down here and saying that uncertainty over Withybush is acting as a deterrent is rubbish. Advertising extensively is one thing, but if the adverts are poor then it does not matter how extensively they advertise the adverts will not do their job. The practice should spend some money with an advertising agency to properly market the positions. Bilbo101
  • Score: 2

11:50am Fri 23 May 14

GrumpyMiddleagedWoman says...

Gogledd wrote:
I cant comment on English waiting times as I have no point of reference. I can tell you that my mother in law in N Wales who is 90 has to wait 3-4 weeks to see her GP. The phones in the morning are constantly engaged and its an 0845 number at 5p per minute while you are on hold!!..a disgrace in itself. She isnt able at her age to just pop down to the surgery to physically make an appointment. So what on earth you do about that I do not know!! I only hear about how dreadful things in Wales are becoming and how far behind England we are via the television and media.
I can, I lived there until 2009!.

Our surgery offered the ability to book non-urgent appointments online up to three weeks in advance. You could choose the GP, or book to see a Nurse.

Same-day appointments were available for urgent cases.

Put simply, it worked.
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: I cant comment on English waiting times as I have no point of reference. I can tell you that my mother in law in N Wales who is 90 has to wait 3-4 weeks to see her GP. The phones in the morning are constantly engaged and its an 0845 number at 5p per minute while you are on hold!!..a disgrace in itself. She isnt able at her age to just pop down to the surgery to physically make an appointment. So what on earth you do about that I do not know!! I only hear about how dreadful things in Wales are becoming and how far behind England we are via the television and media.[/p][/quote]I can, I lived there until 2009!. Our surgery offered the ability to book non-urgent appointments online up to three weeks in advance. You could choose the GP, or book to see a Nurse. Same-day appointments were available for urgent cases. Put simply, it worked. GrumpyMiddleagedWoman
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Fri 23 May 14

teifion says...

Bilbo101 wrote:
Gogledd wrote:
And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.
Yes indeed, it is like charging us twice for the same service which we are already paying for through PAYE and National Insurance. Is it our fault that the practice has mis-managed the situation ? nope.

Every week now there is a story of some service in Pembrokeshire being downgraded, whether it be by the health board or by PCC. They always come out with a list of excuses but 9 times out of 10 this all comes down to mismanagement. We pay these people vast sums of cash and in return they screw everything up.

If they are having problems recruiting GP's in Tenby then that is because the Health Board / GP practice has not advertised the positions well enough. Tenby is one of the best places to live in the UK it should be an easy sell to get GP's to relocate down here and saying that uncertainty over Withybush is acting as a deterrent is rubbish. Advertising extensively is one thing, but if the adverts are poor then it does not matter how extensively they advertise the adverts will not do their job. The practice should spend some money with an advertising agency to properly market the positions.
err, it's nice for a holiday but do ppl at the start of thgeir career want to come to this hole at the end of the road, my house in Pembroke is on the market as I'm fed up with the fools who run councils and all the other services in Wales and despite being a welsh speaker , I' rather be in Guildford anyday
[quote][p][bold]Bilbo101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: And they want to charge us £25 to see a GP. This is in my opinion another serious failing within the WG which seems to be completely incompetent.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed, it is like charging us twice for the same service which we are already paying for through PAYE and National Insurance. Is it our fault that the practice has mis-managed the situation ? nope. Every week now there is a story of some service in Pembrokeshire being downgraded, whether it be by the health board or by PCC. They always come out with a list of excuses but 9 times out of 10 this all comes down to mismanagement. We pay these people vast sums of cash and in return they screw everything up. If they are having problems recruiting GP's in Tenby then that is because the Health Board / GP practice has not advertised the positions well enough. Tenby is one of the best places to live in the UK it should be an easy sell to get GP's to relocate down here and saying that uncertainty over Withybush is acting as a deterrent is rubbish. Advertising extensively is one thing, but if the adverts are poor then it does not matter how extensively they advertise the adverts will not do their job. The practice should spend some money with an advertising agency to properly market the positions.[/p][/quote]err, it's nice for a holiday but do ppl at the start of thgeir career want to come to this hole at the end of the road, my house in Pembroke is on the market as I'm fed up with the fools who run councils and all the other services in Wales and despite being a welsh speaker , I' rather be in Guildford anyday teifion
  • Score: -9

9:57pm Sun 25 May 14

pembrokedock123 says...

Aberdare and Gwynedd both have NHS Common Ailments Services in their community pharmacies. This takes approx. 30% of patients away from these GP surgery pressures and they can get same free treatment from healthcare professionals without appointments at all. Are Hywel Dda and Welsh Government considering this for Tenby and other parts of Pembs?
Aberdare and Gwynedd both have NHS Common Ailments Services in their community pharmacies. This takes approx. 30% of patients away from these GP surgery pressures and they can get same free treatment from healthcare professionals without appointments at all. Are Hywel Dda and Welsh Government considering this for Tenby and other parts of Pembs? pembrokedock123
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Wed 28 May 14

Honest Local says...

As before this is all the fault of Hwyel Ddad Health board and its leaders - the Chief Exec Mr Pertwee and his chairperson Mr Tony Martin who lives in Haverfordwest - all part of a long term strategy - close the minor injury nurse service first, put more pressure on local GPs and then reduce funding to them - what next for us poor folk in Tenby. Bring in the Red Cross again - Woe betide us all when they close most of the major services in Withybush later this year ! those with long memories will even remember that these people did not even want a hospital in Tenby in the first place !
As before this is all the fault of Hwyel Ddad Health board and its leaders - the Chief Exec Mr Pertwee and his chairperson Mr Tony Martin who lives in Haverfordwest - all part of a long term strategy - close the minor injury nurse service first, put more pressure on local GPs and then reduce funding to them - what next for us poor folk in Tenby. Bring in the Red Cross again - Woe betide us all when they close most of the major services in Withybush later this year ! those with long memories will even remember that these people did not even want a hospital in Tenby in the first place ! Honest Local
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