Hospital services move about "standards not savings"

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"Standards not savings" are the reason for moving maternity and neonatal services from Withybush, health bosses said on Thursday.

During Hywel Dda University Health Board's public meeting last Thursday Paul Hawkins, chief operating officer, said that the changes involved an investment by the health board of £19m.

"There is no saving involved in this conversation," he said. "This is about delivery of standards."

Mr Hawkins added that the health board was "totally prepared" for services to move on August 4th.

"Staff recruitment has taken place and locum staff have been employed where posts have not been recruited to," he said. "This is a major piece of work for the health board."

He said that the dedicated ambulance vehicle (DAVE) had arrived and would be an "integral part of Withybush" staffed by two paramedics at all times. Other ambulances would also be employed if DAVE was already in use.

He added that Withybush's three bed midwife led unit will be open 24/7 and be run by a senior midwife according to the All Wales Midwifery Led Care guidelines. A community midwife would bring in labouring women and deliver the baby, ensuring continuity of care.

Executives added that the number of women who would use the DAVE were low.

"There is a very low number of women who will require transportation" said interim chief executive Karen Howell. "For the majority of women it won't come as a surprise to the woman or the service if they need transportation as it will be on their records."

Mr Hawkins added that the programme board will continue to meet weekly for two months after the August 4 implementation date.

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5:29pm Fri 25 Jul 14

teifion says...

Jackanory, Jackanory - I don't know who these managers are but I'm guessing a penny to a pound that they and their families won't have to rely on these decisions to save their lives - maybe they should?

Many get preferential treatment, other senior managers insist on private health care for them and their families as part of their HUGE remuneration package - should be outlawed, maybe they & their family too should "benefit" from all the decisions they make
Jackanory, Jackanory - I don't know who these managers are but I'm guessing a penny to a pound that they and their families won't have to rely on these decisions to save their lives - maybe they should? Many get preferential treatment, other senior managers insist on private health care for them and their families as part of their HUGE remuneration package - should be outlawed, maybe they & their family too should "benefit" from all the decisions they make teifion
  • Score: 9

4:32am Sat 26 Jul 14

Bilbo101 says...

Standards, yeah right! This is obviously going to reduce the standard of care of Pembrokeshire mothers and babies. As long as the birth goes well then everything will be fine, but should a complication occur then there is going to b a long delay and journey to get to Carmarthen. So we know it's not about standards and now where told it is not about savings, then maybe it is political strategy and empire building in Carmarthen serves that purpose ???

So they are investing £19 million, well if they had invested that money in maintaining the previous set up then everyone would have been happy and the standard for both Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire would have been excellent. Now standards are going to be great in Carmarthen but pretty poor in Pembrokeshire. This added delay in treating problem births is inevitably and sadly going to result in unnecessary loss of life. The public servants and politicians who are responsible for these unwanted changes are ultimately going to be responsible for the inevitable loss of life that is going to occur as a result of their decisions.
Standards, yeah right! This is obviously going to reduce the standard of care of Pembrokeshire mothers and babies. As long as the birth goes well then everything will be fine, but should a complication occur then there is going to b a long delay and journey to get to Carmarthen. So we know it's not about standards and now where told it is not about savings, then maybe it is political strategy and empire building in Carmarthen serves that purpose ??? So they are investing £19 million, well if they had invested that money in maintaining the previous set up then everyone would have been happy and the standard for both Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire would have been excellent. Now standards are going to be great in Carmarthen but pretty poor in Pembrokeshire. This added delay in treating problem births is inevitably and sadly going to result in unnecessary loss of life. The public servants and politicians who are responsible for these unwanted changes are ultimately going to be responsible for the inevitable loss of life that is going to occur as a result of their decisions. Bilbo101
  • Score: 10

7:25am Sat 26 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

The trust has spent millions in Haverfordwest, local people have raised a lot of money too - unfortunately some of these units are being used as meeting rooms - just what we want and the money raised locally ?
goes into a central pot ....... !
The trust has spent millions in Haverfordwest, local people have raised a lot of money too - unfortunately some of these units are being used as meeting rooms - just what we want and the money raised locally ? goes into a central pot ....... ! Tttoommy
  • Score: 5

8:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

Not many kids in the future will be able to say they were born in Pembrokeshire. More people will also die in Pembrokeshire than there should too.
Not many kids in the future will be able to say they were born in Pembrokeshire. More people will also die in Pembrokeshire than there should too. Flashbang
  • Score: 9

10:35am Sat 26 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

is someone always going to be available to perform unexpected forceps deliveries and caesarean sections for intrapartum foetal distress, or maternal haemorrhage, no labour is normal only in retrospect. Women booked a low risk can go on to deliver problems, consultant led units should be adjacent to midwife led units to allow immediate transfer arrangements. This whole scheme is untenable I wouldnt want to be the midwife in the ambulance trying to get to Carmarthen.
is someone always going to be available to perform unexpected forceps deliveries and caesarean sections for intrapartum foetal distress, or maternal haemorrhage, no labour is normal only in retrospect. Women booked a low risk can go on to deliver problems, consultant led units should be adjacent to midwife led units to allow immediate transfer arrangements. This whole scheme is untenable I wouldnt want to be the midwife in the ambulance trying to get to Carmarthen. seaveiw
  • Score: 8

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