31 August 2021
Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) (opens in new tab) would like to thank all those who contributed to the recent engagement exercise, the findings from which will help to shape future services.
During the six-week exercise (Monday 10th May – Monday 21st June), we asked the public to complete a survey and give their feedback on how the COVID-19 (opens in new tab) pandemic has affected their health and care, and access to it. We asked to provide nominations for sites for a new hospital within the zone between and including St Clears in Carmarthenshire and Narberth in Pembrokeshire. And we also asked about the most important things people thought we should consider in deciding which site will be best for our communities.
A full report on the findings is currently being compiled and will be published in due course. However, the exercise revealed some concerns from the public, which we can offer immediate reassurance on, including:
Steve Moore (opens in new tab), Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “I am truly grateful to all those who took the time to share their views and experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted them and their families. Your feedback has been insightful and informative and will play a major role in helping shape future services. This in turn will allow us to deliver on our long-term commitment for a healthier mid and west Wales.
“While it is unfortunate that myths and rumours about the new hospital have been circulating, we can assure the public that openness and transparency are very important to us.
“This exercise was part of our ongoing process to develop a programme business case to support our strategy for community and hospital-based health and care. As part of the process to apply for funding from the Welsh Government, we will submit the programme business case, and then individual outline business cases, then the final business cases by 2024. The health board will therefore engage with the public on a regular basis between now and the submission of the final business cases to ensure your views are fully considered.”
The health board is also keeping Hywel Dda Community Health Council, the independent watchdog of NHS services in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, appraised of developments so it can help represent the interests of our local communities.