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Health board 'sincerely apologises' for failing heart attack patient

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board offered their 'sincere condolences' to the family of a woman who died after a heart condition was not diagnosed promptly. An Ombudsman's report said the patient had suffered 'unreasonable delays'.

Patients contacting the ambulance with similar symptoms would be taken to Morriston Hospital, but in this particular case the patient presented independently of the ambulance service at Singleton Hospital.

Staff liaised with colleagues at Morriston Hospital and conducted a number of tests which did result in the correct diagnosis of this rare condition, but we accept there were delays in some aspects of the management of this patient's care.

We will be taking lessons learned from this case into consideration as part of this ongoing focus on acute medicine.

– Spokesperson for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

'Unreasonable delays' in treatment of heart attack victim

A woman who suffered a heart attack was not given any initial tests for 35 minutes and then waited for an hour before being seen by a senior doctor, according to a report by the Public Services Ombudsman. She then died at Singleton Hospital shortly after being diagnosed.

Due to the serious nature of this illness and the high mortality rate, clinicians would be expected to prioritise the tests to diagnose this condition. However in Mrs. A's case the clinicians failed to do this.

– Peter Tyndall, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board was ordered to apologise to the patient's family and to pay £5,000.


Singleton Hospital neonatal unit's £3.24m boost

Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit will benefit from £3.24m of Welsh Government capital funding (file photo) Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

The neonatal unit at Singleton Hospital in Swansea is to undergo a £3.24m refurbishment, Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced.

The unit helps mothers with high-risk pregnancies to give birth, as well as caring for sick babies born as early as 23 weeks.

The Health Minister said the funding would 'provide a safe, sustainable and high-quality service' to babies and their families.

The announcement comes days after a controversial decision by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to transfer babies in North Wales needing long-term intensive care over the border to the Wirral.

The health board says the changes are designed to improve the quality of care.

Singleton neonatal unit full

Singleton Hospital’s neonatal unit has been temporarily closed to new admissions because demand over the last few days has been very high, and the unit is full.

The situation can change within a short period of time and the hospital says it's being closely monitored.

The high demand is also having a direct effect on the hospital’s general maternity unit, with some high-risk mothers-to-be being diverted to other hospitals.

Doctors, nurses and midwives are working together to consider each mother and baby, and safety is the main consideration when a choice is made.