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Hywel Dda Health Board announce hospital shake-up

Hwyel Dda Health Board have announced plans for possible changes to the NHS in mid and west Wales. Photo: ITV News Wales

Hwyel Dda Health Board have announced plans for possible changes to the NHS in mid and west Wales.

The proposals could see the accident and emergency department at Llanelli's Prince Philip replaced by an accident centre.

Hywel Dda's proposals also include the possible closure of three small hospitals. They are Mynydd Mawr hospital at Tumble in Carmarthenshire and Tregaron and Aberaeron hospitals in Ceredigion. All three would be replaced by community resource centres.

The centres will be used for a wide range of services, including tests, outpatient appointments, physiotherapy and mental health appointments. As skills and facilities develop, they can also be used for procedures, such as blood transfusions or intravenous antibiotics – all of which result in providing care closer to home and taking the strain off hospitals.

– HYWEL DDA HEALTH BOARD

Our reporter Owain Phillips reports on the proposals.

Louisa Williams lives in Llanelli and has an eight-year-old daughter. She is concerned about the changes.

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