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Health board apologises after hospital failings

Mr B died at Morriston Hospital in March 2012 Credit: ITV News

The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has asked Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board to apologise to the daughter of a patient who died of cancer after it found a number of failings in his care and treatment.

The health board has been found to not have not given the patient, referred to as Mr B, a reasonable standard of personal care at Morriston Hospital in 2012.

Mr B was suffering from cancer when he was taken to hospital in February 2012 with back pains.

His daughter argued that Mr B suffered unnecessarily and died sooner than might have been the case because of the failings by the health board.

The Acting Ombudsman, Margaret Griffiths, recommended that the health board should make a number of recommendations, including paying Mrs A £1500 in recognition of the 'significant distress' its failings caused.

The recommendations also include providing better discharge-related training for its nursing staff members and assess and review the personal care needs of their patients systematically and record the service provision associated with them.

The Health Board has agreed to comply with these recommendations.

Pedestrian 'seriously injured' in Bridgend road collision

A pedestrian is being treated in hospital with "serious injuries" after a road traffic collision in Bridgend last night.

The incident happened at around 8.40pm on the A4061 outside the Ambulance station in Bryncethin, Bridgend and involved a blue Vauxhall Zafira.

The woman is being treated for her injuries at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.


Research into heart attack treatment could 'save lives'

Morriston Hospital in Swansea has found that a new way of treating heart attack patients could save lives and prevent further heart attacks and hospital admissions. It is now hoped that the research will change the way heart attack patients are treated around the world.

The new treatment carried out at Morriston's Cardiac Centre meant that patients who needed to have a blood clot removed from an artery in the heart, also had either one or both of their arteries widened at the same time.

The research study found that treating all the affected arteries saved lives, prevented further heart attacks and prevented further admission with chest pains.

We know it is safe to do, and beneficial for the patients. They come in here with a heart attack and they go out completely fixed, without the prospect of further procedures to worry about.

It is now standard care in the Morriston Cardiac Centre, and we believe it could well become standard care across the world. It has definitely put the centre on the map.

– Dr Alexander Chase, Morriston Hospital Consultant Cardiologist

Research could change heart attack treatment worldwide

The research has helped to prevent further heart attacks and has saved lives. Credit: ITV Wales News

New research carried out at Morriston Hospital could change the way heart attack patients are treated around the world.

Morriston's Cardiac Centre was the only hospital in Wales to take part in a study where patients who needed an angioplasty - the unblocking of an artery in the heart - also had either one of both of their other arteries widened at the same time, to prevent further problems.

Previously, routine practice and guidelines had recommended only fixing the single heart attack artery. The research found that the new treatment prevented further heart attacks, saving lives and further hospital admissions.


Patients urged to avoid A&E due to high demand

People are being urged not to use the accident and emergency department at Morriston Hospital in Swansea if at all possible as the staff try to cope with a high number of patients. Operations there have already had to be cancelled.

Abi Davies had been waiting six months for her surgery before it was postponed. She says she now plans to get treated in England. Kevin Ashford reports.

'Don't attend A&E' plea from Morriston Hospital

Patients are being asked to avoid going to Morriston Hospital’s Emergency Department. Credit: Wales NHS

Morriston hospital say patients are taking longer to recover from illnesses and are staying longer in hospital beds which has resulted on operations being cancelled and a stretched A&E service.

Patients are being asked to avoid going to the hospital if they can use other services such as their GP, a pharmacy or the minor injuries unit at Neath Port Talbot and Singleton hospitals.

Those arriving with less serious conditions are likely to face a longer wait says Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board, "We apologise to patients whose surgery has been postponed, and we will reschedule as soon as possible.

"We fully understand that it is upsetting and frustrating for patients and their families if an operation does not go ahead as planned, and we only postpone planned treatment if it is completely unavoidable," said a spokesperson.

Many of the emergency admissions involve a large number of frail, older, people; many with more than one health condition needing treatment. The health board says they need a great deal of care which can take time to administer.

Health board issues action plan for troubled cardiac unit

Health chiefs for Swansea's Morriston Hospital are to implement an action plan to tackle problems at its cardiac surgery unit.

An independent panel have been brought in to oversee a culture of bullying, low morale and poor working relationships.

The plan includes:

  • Improve decision making about patient care including end of life decisions for the very sick
  • To meet demand and ensure continuity of cover for the cardiac surgical service
  • Create a management team to work together in the best interests of the patients
  • Ensure zero tolerance over bullying or abusive behaviour
  • Develop plans to expand capacity for cardiac surgery

Click here: for the health authority's report into the failing of Morriston's cardiac surgery unit.

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