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Timely access in an emergency

We know some of you are worried about prompt access to care in an emergency. Ninety-three percent of you are within a one-hour travel time by car to an emergency department, if the new hospital is within the zone between and including Narberth and St Clears, and considering Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth, and Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Some emergencies, such as serious road traffic accidents, are responded to by clinicians coming to the scene by road vehicle or Air Ambulance, this is called the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru). Care at the scene reduces the risk associated with travelling to a treatment centre. We are pleased to have seen the improvements in access to Wales Air Ambulance, which has increased to a 24/7 service since July 2020.

Through the new Urgent and Planned Care Hospital, we will also have more senior, specialist doctors available at the front door so you have quick access to them, and all the support services needed for your care.

You can read more information about travel times in the Technical Document section. The report is called the WAST Site Selection Technical Analysis and it is part of a several reports included in the Public Board Reports of 04 August 2022. It includes analysis of existing travel times by different transport, including bus and rail routes, as well as car and emergency transport

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