Hywel Dda Health Board and Mark Drakeford A.M., Wales Minister for Health and Social Services : Stop the Threats of Closures to Withybush Hospital
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There are plans to axe overnight paediatric cover at Withybush Hospital - this will have a knock-on effect on the hospital's obstetrics department (including the maternity ward) and A&E. It would also result in the certain closure of the Special Care Baby Unit which people are already fighting to save. Not only that, but elective orthopaedic surgery has recently been stopped until next April, this risks the orthopaedics department going the same way as obstetrics might, which again could directly impact A&E potentially leading to it's closure!
If this happens then it can only lead to Withybush being downgraded and Pembrokeshire will no longer have a general hospital. People in Pembrokeshire will have to travel up to 50miles to Carmarthen to access not just hospital obstetric/maternity care but also emergency treatment. Orthopaedics would most likely end up in Llanelli - even further away.
Not only does this put mothers and babies at risk - it puts everyone living in Pembrokeshire (as well as the thousands of holidaymakers who visit the county each year and double it's population) at risk by moving Accident and Emergency services out of the county. It leaves people in a county with poor public transport provision at a horrendous disadvantage. People and communities left unsupported.
There are numerous personal stories from people all across Pembrokeshire that show that this can only spell disaster. It is ludicrous to risk the health and lives of over 100,000 people.
The plans to axes the paediatric cover is based on recommendations relating to training junior doctors and the number of births they need to attend. This is *not* a good enough excuse to put people at risk.
Pembrokeshire needs Withybush to keep providing the full range of care it currently does. Decisions are being made behind closed doors and the people who rely on Withybush need to make their voices heard.
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