August 27, 2008

‘Move is Best Remedy’ Says Consultant

A Swansea hospital consultant says a move towards a GP-led service at Singleton casualty department will be the best remedy to improve its safety.

Andy MacNab (pictured), consultant in emergency medicine, said the step was in the interests of patients and would prevent the sudden closure of the department because of a lack of medics.

Figures reveal the Singleton minor injuries unit was forced to close 29 times between January and March this year. In July alone, the number of closures stood at 29.

The situation has led hospital consultants and GPs to join forces and draw up a wide-ranging review of Swansea's unscheduled care services to find the safest way of treating emergency care patients.

Both Singleton minor injuries unit and Morriston A&E offers unscheduled care to patients who need medical attention because of sudden illness or injury.

The new scheme is not only designed to build on the services on offer at the Morriston department but aims to keep the doors of the Singleton unit open.

Mr MacNab said: "The intermittent, unpredictable closure of the Singleton service that has been happening increasingly often is not in the best interests of patient safety.

"Patients have arrived expecting the department to be open and find it unable to deal with their condition."

The scheme would see some Singleton staff will be transferred to work at the Morriston A&E department.It would help treat patients quicker and hit the Assembly Government's four-hour and eight-hour waiting time targets.

Swansea GP Ashok Rayani said: "The option to work more closely with GPs at Singleton has the support of the GP community in Swansea."

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