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Have a say on Swansea Bay health changes at meetings

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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HEALTH chiefs are giving people even more of a chance to have a say on potential changes to hospital services in the Swansea Bay area and beyond.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has embarked on a public engagement exercise relating to its Changing For The Better (C4B) programme.

Running in parallel to the wider South Wales Programme, C4B seeks to find solutions to the problems facing the modern NHS such as chronic doctor shortages in some specialities such as A&E.

One of the biggest possible changes in this area would be the transfer of all services for mums and babies from Swansea's Singleton Hospital to Morriston on the other side of the city.

ABMU has been hosting a series of drop-in events across the board area to give people the chance to call in, talk to staff about C4B and add comments.

However, there has been criticism from some areas where drop-in events have not been held that residents there were missing out.

In response, ABMU has confirmed three more dates have been added.

One is at Glynneath Town Hall on Thursday, December 13, from 2pm to 6pm, with another in Townhill's Phoenix Centre the following day from 3pm to 7pm. The third is in the Bridgend area.

"These three events are in addition to the 16 already arranged across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend," said an ABMU spokeswoman.

"The drop-in events are an opportunity for people to find out about the challenges facing NHS services, and what ideas are being put forward to overcome the challenges, as part of C4B and the wider South Wales Programme, which includes other South Wales health boards.

"At the events there are poster displays, videos, presentations and information booklets. Doctors, nurses, midwives, therapists, and other staff are also available to answer questions and have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

"People attending the drop-in days can also feed back their views by filling in a questionnaire at the event.

"Alternatively they can take the questions away with them to post to a freepost address later, or they can fill in the questionnaire online."

The next drop-in event takes place today from noon until 7pm in St Hilary's Church Hall, Killay.

Once the public engagement ends on December 19, feedback will be collated by the independent Opinion Research Services and passed on to ABMU and the other South Wales health boards.

"More detailed proposals will then be developed, and taken to formal public consultation early in 2013," said the spokeswoman.

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