Health board in the running for national awards

THE organisation that runs health services across the Swansea Bay area seems to be enjoying some pretty good health itself.

Finalists for this year’s NHS Wales Awards have been announced — and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has been shortlisted six times.

One finalist is the creation of an acute GP unit in Singleton Hospital, Swansea, that assesses patients before hospital admission, which is up for the Working Seamlessly Across Organisations award.

Chief executive Paul Roberts said: “We are very proud of all our staff and their achievements on a daily basis caring for patients.

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“It is fantastic to see their work and ideas for improving patient care and services being recognised nationally in this way.”

Two projects have made the finals of the Citizens at the Centre of Service Redesign and Delivery category.

Work to encourage, support and sustain home births in the Porthcawl area and a project to raise awareness, education and consideration around the use of defibrillation in terminally ill patients caught the eye of the judges.

The health board has also been shortlisted twice in the Improving Quality Through Better Use of Resources category.


The introduction of a group consultation clinic for vasectomy patients that has reduced waiting times and a campaign with Tyn y Coed Surgery in Bridgend to reduce the waste of medicines have both been selected as finalists.

A project to develop a night- time home renal dialysis service improving patient choice and care is up for the Promoting Better Health and Avoiding Disease award.

Judging panels will now visit each shortlisted project to find out more and see first-hand the benefits they’ve brought to patients.

Each judging panel is made up of experts drawn from across NHS Wales, the public sector and professional bodies.

NHS Wales chief executive David Sissling said the standard of entries demonstrates world- class ambitions and achievements.

He said: “Every year I am impressed with the high quality of entries to the NHS Wales Awards.

“They are an impressive reflection of the professionalism of our NHS Wales staff and their commitment to safe, efficient and compassionate care.

“This annual event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate excellence and showcase the talents of teams across Wales who work continuously to make improvements that benefit patients.

“I would like to thank everyone who entered and wish good luck to all those who have made the finals.”

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, on Wednesday, July 3.

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