Bigger plans for ward revamp to cause delays

By County Echo Reporter in Health

PLANS to significantly refurbish the Ward 10 area at Withybush Hospital were supported at a recent health board meeting, despite the new proposals meaning a seven-month delay to the work.

At its meeting on 30 March, Hywel Dda University Health Board considered the proposals to develop the existing Ward 10 area into a modern, purpose-built, inpatient facility designated to care for palliative care, oncology and haematology patients admitted to the Haverfordwest hospital.

The scheme is subject to Welsh Government funding, however it is intended that the ward - to be known as the Specialist Palliative Care, Haematology and Oncology Ward - will provide five en-suite beds for neutropenic sepsis patients and those requiring isolation facilities.

Two single-bed bays would also be provided to enable greater privacy during care.

Smaller bays (two four-bed bays and one three-bed bay) would run for oncology, haematology and palliative care patients.

There will also be an improved overnight facility for relatives plus a dedicated day room.

In order for the anticipated building works to be carried out on the existing ward, patients would be cared for in the former Ward 9 area.

The board also supported the proposal to develop this area to serve as a temporary ward for the Ward 10 work to take place and then as a fully functioning 14-bed medical ward in the future.

Read the full story in this week’s County Echo, out tomorrow

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