IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE AT EYE CLINIC

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Cambrian News photographer - Mark Williams, North Ceredigion Forum for Elderly Care chair, Hywel Dda’s Ceredigion county director Peter Skitt and members of the forum

Health chiefs are still working on improvements to Aberystwyth’s eye clinic, with the Ceredigion county director admitting that further upgrades are still needed.

Cambrian News reported “Peter Skitt was addressing members of the North Ceredigion Forum for Elderly Care at the group’s February meeting and said that while health services in Aberystwyth and Bronglais were secure, there would be changes to how some services are provided with a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention.

While Mr Skitt recognised concerns from forum members over waiting times at the eye clinic and issues with home care packages.

He also welcomed the creation of the forum, which chair Mark Williams said was looking to be a “watchdog” for health and care services.

Mr Williams said: “We wish to be seen as a watchdog, keeping an eye on developments in health and social care services in north Ceredigion.”

That was welcomed by Mr Skitt who said he felt the forum membership was “balanced” and gave “valued feedback” from the public about services in Ceredigion and issues that need to be addressed.

He added that it was important there were bodies monitoring services and how they were being provided.

While there was good news that Bronglais Hospital has recently appointed a new consultant colorectal surgeon, concerns were raised over the eye clinic and an 11-month wait for some treatment.

Mr Skitt said that while “improvements could still be made”, the health board is currently working on finding an alternative site for the clinic” here.

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