A MAJOR shake-up of health services in the Hywel Dda area is an “opportunity” to boost services available at Aberystwyth’s Bronglais Hospital, the hospital director has said.
The Cambrian News reported “The health board is currently undergoing a consultation into clinical services with changes that could see hospitals in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire downgraded.
While the proposals put forward provide a secure future for Bronglais Hospital, Dr Phil Jones, the hospital director, said changes were needed at Bronglais.
But he thought changes to services could provide enhanced services in the hospital.
Speaking to members of Ceredigion County Council, Dr Jones said: “I think the ground is changing. The fact that Bronglais remains present in all of these options doesn’t mean we can’t change.
“Bronglais has to change. Bronglais can’t go on as it has been. The fact the health board has signed up to the Mid Wales report is very encouraging for us.
“It’s also an opportunity in the consultation to put in what needs to be either repatriated to Bronglais, or re-established at Bronglais or developed at Bronglais.
“There’s a real opportunity to look at all these things and not just accept the status quo can continue, as the status quo can’t continue at Bronglais Hospital.”
The health board has already agreed to work toward reinstating colorectal surgery at Bronglais with Dr Jones saying that recruitment efforts for colorectal cancer and general surgeons were going well, with recruitment being one of the major problems facing the health board in recent years.
However, Dr Jones said staff did need to find new and more sustainable ways of working at the hospital” here.