Cambrian News photographer - New operating theatres ‘will be properly staffed’

NEW operating theatres in Bronglais Hospital will be properly staffed when they open despite concerns over staffing levels, Hywel Dda Health Board has claimed.

The Cambrian News reported “Work on the new theatres, which was carried out as part of a major renovation of the hospital, is expected to be completed within the next two weeks with a “commissioning” period then expected before they are brought into use.

Concern had been raised that despite the theatres being almost ready, that staffing levels meant they would not be properly used.

One concerned resident said staff had been warned that the theatres were unlikely to be used as expected because of staffing problems.

However, the health board has insisted that it has filled a string of vacancies and that further recruitment would be taking place.

The member of the public, who asked not to be named, said they had spoken with staff members at the hospital who had raised concerns with them about the staffing of the theatres.

He said: “The Welsh Government have spent millions on the theatre upgrade, but apparently they’ve not got the staff to actually staff them.

“Staff have been told it would only be used for caesarean sections. It’s not just consultants, they don’t have enough technicians and don’t even have enough agency staff.

“All that money has been ploughed into the theatres and they don’t have the staff for them.

“Why has it taken so long to start recruitment?”

But Joe Teape, the health board’s deputy chief executive and director of operations, said the board had already filled a number of vacancies at Bronglais and would be looking for further staff recruitment” here.

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