OVERNIGHT and weekend paediatric services and emergency gynaecology are under threat at Aberystwyth’s Bronglais Hospital despite some improvement in staff recruitment, a Hywel Dda report has found.
The Cambrian News reported “The health board, like most health boards across the UK, has issued numerous warnings about staff recruitment and the need to make permanent appointments and not be forced to rely on agency and locum staff.
Deputy chief executive Joe Teape said there had been a number of positive responses to filling staffing gaps in Bronglais.
But he admitted that some services at the hospital, and the health board’s other hospitals, were being stretched in terms of staff numbers and being able to fill rotas.
Mr Teape said there were concerns over out of hours services across the whole health board area, while medicine rotas, medical consultants, paediatrics and middle grade scheduled care surgical rotas in Bronglais were being monitored by health board staff.
He said recruitment efforts were continuing and that there had been interest in a variety of roles, especially in terms of medical consultants.
However, the report said that concerns over the paediatric rota at Bronglais had led to consideration of possible emergency closures of Bronglais’s acute paediatric service overnight and on weekends.
He also warned that obstetrics and emergency gynaecology could be considered a risk with medical cover at consultant and middle grade levels an issue” here.