Invitation to speak up on health switch

HEALTH chiefs are calling on Swansea people to turn out in force when they get their first chance to have a say on the future of the city’s hospitals.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has embarked on a public engagement exercise over its Changing for the Better (C4B) programme.

It has held the first of 16 drop-in sessions, which took place in Porthcawl on Wednesday, with the second going ahead in the Scout and Guide HQ in Brynmill, Swansea, on Monday between 11am and 7pm.

Despite saying it was extremely pleased with the turn-out in Porthcawl, where an estimated 140 people showed up, ABMU is hoping for a better show in Swansea.

“During these sessions we will have clinicians, nurses, midwives, GPs, consultants and others to sit down and talk to people, to discuss the changes and to listen to their concerns and questions,” said an ABMU spokeswoman.

“People were actually waiting outside the pavilion in Porthcawl when we arrived and others were turning up just as we were getting ready to leave.

“It was very constructive but we are hoping for an even better turn-out in Swansea next week.”

C4B, along with the wider South Wales Programme, sets out potential scenarios for the future of health provision in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and the wider South Wales region.

One of the biggest potential changes in Swansea would see maternity and all other services for mums and babies transferred from Singleton to Morriston Hospital.

Residents will have their first chance to talk to board representatives about this and other possible changes in Brynmill on Monday, but other drop-in sessions are being held in the Swansea Bay area in the weeks ahead.

A full list is available on the ABMU website, which has now been updated to include additional sessions including one in Neath Town Hall on November 30, from 11am to 7pm.

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