BOSSES at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board are asking people to bear with them in the countdown to the end of emergency and unplanned medical admissions at Neath Port Talbot Hospital from midnight tomorrow ( Tuesday, August 21).
The move, which is being made on safety grounds, means an estimated 26 medical patients a day will go to other ABMU hospitals from Wednesday, with 80 per cent going to Swansea hospitals and the remainder to Bridgend.ABMU chief executive Paul Roberts said: “It is important to remember that this urgent change is being made for safety reasons and on the advice of senior doctors. Ensuring we do everything possible to offer a safe service for patients has been at the very heart of all our intense planning over the last six weeks.
“As with every major change, however, there is always a risk that there may be some teething troubles, like delays. We ask that patients and the public bear with us. We will continue to do our best to rectify, as soon as possible, any hiccups that may occur.
“We will be constantly checking and – where necessary – amending practices over the next few weeks. We are determined that patients receive a safe and effective service with the minimum of inconvenience.”
Residents who are 999 medical emergencies will go to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, or the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. Medical patients who are referred by their GP as emergencies will most likely go to Singleton Hospital in Swansea, with a smaller number going to the Princess of Wales.
Other patients who may be seriously unwell, but who may be driven to hospital by car or other means, are being urged not to go to Neath Port Talbot Hospital, but to Morriston or Bridgend instead.
Neath Port Talbot Hospital’s minor injury service is open as usual.