Mid Wales

Hywel Dda Health Board consults over shake-up in Aberystwyth

The Hywel Dda Health Board meeting in Aberystwyth
Image caption A consultation meeting was held in Aberystwyth on Wednesday night

Around 200 people have attended a public meeting in Aberystwyth over the future of hospital services in Ceredigion.

Hywel Dda Health Board is consulting over a number of proposals including the closure of Tregaron and Aberaeron community hospitals.

It wants to focus more on community-based services with patients being treated in hospital when necessary.

Objectors claim the board's plans are unrealistic and undeliverable.

Hywel Dda held its first meeting in Llanelli on Tuesday.

At the public meeting in Aberystwyth on Wednesday night, the health board claimed 40% of people in its hospitals did not need to be there.

In the future Hywel Dda aims to treat most patients closer to their homes through improved services at GP surgeries and by establishing new community resource centres, the meeting heard.

Health strategy

The aBer pressure group, which is campaigning to protect services at Aberystwyth's Bronglais Hospital, described the health board's plans for community care as unrealistic and undeliverable for at least four years.

The group called on the Welsh government's health minister to devise a health strategy for mid Wales.

In August Hywel Dda, which provides health care to around 372,320 patients throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, revealed its reorganisation plans.

These include the centralisation of its services for sick and premature babies at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, a move which has prompted protests at Haverfordwest's Withybush Hospital.

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