NEATH Port Talbot Hospital could be in line for a new ward if outline proposals are adopted.
Clinicians and managers overseeing urgent changes to acute medical services at the hospital are considering transferring one of the wards at Cimla Hospital to Neath Port Talbot, according to a statement from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
The move is intended to provide additional clinical cover to Neath Port Talbot Hospital, and improved diagnostic provision for patients.
A firm decision has not yet been made, but staff at Cimla Hospital were told of the outline proposal yesterday (July 23). It is part of the ongoing studies on the best use of Ward C at Neath Port Talbot Hospital, whose acute medical beds will transfer to Singleton Hospital in Swansea and Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, in September.
Under the proposal, Cimla’s Brynedd Ward – a 32 bed intensive rehabilitation ward – would transfer to Neath Port Talbot Hospital.
Consultant physician Steve Lennox, clinical director for integrated medicine in Neath Port Talbot, said: “Moving Brynedd Ward from Cimla to Neath Port Talbot Hospital will allow us to further strengthen the clinical provision at Neath Port Talbot Hospital.
“It will also improve access for patients to state-of-the-art diagnostic services at Neath Port Talbot Hospital which are not available at Cimla.”