STREAMLINED options for the future of health services in Ceredigion show that Bronglais Hospital would not be downgraded after earlier proposals were abandoned.
The Cambrian News reported “Hywel Dda Health Board was criticised after leaked options for the future of services across the health board showed some options included downgrading Bronglais and replacing the hospital’s A&E unit with a minor injuries unit.
However, new options have emerged now which show that several of the previous options have been dropped with the health board instead concentrating on six options, none of which include the loss of any services at Bronglais.
Instead, all of the options which have been put out to staff for feedback, give assurances that Bronglais would retain and offer the services that the Mid Wales Healthcare Study said should be present.
The options that have now been progressed will be a relief to residents in Ceredigion, west Powys and south Gwynedd after fears were sparked that the possible downgrading of the A&E department would leave people having to travel long distances for emergency care.
The six options now being considered all include Bronglais retaining services that the Mid Wales Healthcare Study said were integral for the area, including a full A&E unit.
But they also all include developing integrated care centres, which will include beds, in Aberystwyth and Tregaron, as well as community network hubs in Cardigan and Aberaeron.
All of the options say: “Bronglais Hospital will provide services as described in the Mid Wales Healthcare Study.
“It will deliver a front door model capable of assessing and managing undifferentiated acute presentations with the addition of: ITU (Critical Care), Midwife Led Unit and Obstetric Led Maternity and some general surgery.
“The hospital will continue to provide services that are attractive to the population of south Gwynedd and Powys as well as Hywel Dda” here.