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Judicial review into hospital shake-up plans

A number of protests have been held this year over changes to healthcare services across Wales Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A judicial review gets underway today into a decision to downgrade A&E services at the Prince Phillip Hospital in Llanelli.

It comes after campaigners called on the High Court in Cardiff to look into how the decision was made.

The decision to close the neonatal unit at Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire will also be reviewed.

Hywel Dda Health Board's decision to restructure specialist neonatal care earlier this year, led to protests.

Local people say they're concerned that premature babies would have to leave the county and travel to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

Read more: Shake-up for specialist neonatal services in West Wales

Hospital death: Businessman's family welcomes verdict

Relatives of an 82-year-old businessman from Pembrokeshire, whom a coroner ruled did not receive 'optimum care' while in hospital, have welcomed the verdict at the conclusion of his inquest today.

Malcolm Green died from complications following an operation at Withybush Hospital in 2012.

The hospital had admitted 'avoidable and unacceptable delays' in his care.

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Narrative determination verdict in hospital death

Malcolm Green died from complications after an operation at Withybush hospital in Pembrokeshire Credit: Martin Green

A coroner has ruled that a man who died at Withybush Hospital in 2012 did not receive 'optimum care'.

The inquest at Milford Haven heard that 82-year-old Malcolm Green suffered internal bleeding after surgery to remove a tumour from his colon but there was a delay in treating him.

The inquest heard evidence that Mr Green would probably have survived if doctors had acted more quickly.

The hospital had already admitted 'avoidable and unacceptable delays' in Mr Green's treatment.

Verdict in inquest into the death of a man at Withybush Hospital

Malcolm Green
Malcolm Green died after an operation at Withybush Hospital in June 2012 Credit: Martin Green

A coroner is expected to deliver a verdict in the case of Malcolm Green who died after an operation at Withybush Hospital in June 2012. The hospital have already admitted "avoidable and unacceptable delays" in his treatment.

The inquest heard evidence that the 82 year old would probably have survived if doctors had acted more quickly. Mr Green became increasingly unwell after undergoing surgery for bowel cancer.

His family say staff failed to notice the deterioration in his condition and that he died of internal bleeding and organ failure because the surgeon who was supposed to be treating him left to go to a meeting.

Radiographer let her son take X-ray tribunal hears

A tribunal heard that Tamitha Grey allowed her son to use an X-ray machine. Credit: Wales News Service

A hospital radiographer let her 10-year-old son start an X-ray machine on a schoolgirl, a disciplinary hearing has heard. Tamitha Grey, 46, stood behind the X-ray machine as her son was heard to ask: "Are we ready yet, mum?".

The 15-year-old patient's shocked family heard her reply: "No...OK" before the radioactive machine whirred into life. The schoolgirl's mother Nicola Jones said: "It was an incredible thing to see. I still can't believe it happened."

Mrs Jones works as an ultrasound technician at the same hospital - Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire - where her daughter was X-rayed for a suspected broken wrist. The boy was then taken away, before Mrs Grey performed a second X-ray on the girl.

The hearing was told Mrs Grey took her son into hospital after his after-school rugby match had been called off. She has already been given a formal written warning after an internal investigation where she admitted letting her son press the button to start the X-ray machine.

Now she could be struck off for misconduct in the hearing of the Health Care Professions Council.

She accepted the HCPC's allegation she permitted an unqualified and unauthorised person to initiate the exposure of a patient to ionising radiation on May 9 last year.

She also admitted permitting a member of the public to be present during a clinical examination, and that both allegations constituted misconduct. But she denied that her fitness to practise as a radiographer was impaired by her actions.

The hearing in Cardiff is continuing.

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Pensioner became 'increasingly unwell' after surgery

An inquest has today been hearing how a pensioner died after an operation at Withybush hospital in Pembrokeshire.

Malcolm Green was said to have become increasingly unwell after undergoing surgery for cancer. The hospital has already said there were failings in the level of the care in his treatment. Kevin Ashford reports.

Inquest to begin into death of man at Withybush Hospital

Malcolm Green
Malcolm Green died after an operation at Withybush Hospital in June 2012 Credit: Martin Green

A three day inquest opens today into the death of an 82 year-old man who died at Withybush Hospital two years ago.

Malcolm Green's family say he became increasingly unwell after undergoing surgery for bowel cancer in June 2012.

They say staff failed to notice the deterioration in his condition and that he died of internal bleeding and organ failure because the surgeon who was supposed to be treating him left to go to a meeting.

The hospital have admitted "avoidable and unacceptable delays" in his treatment.

Hywel Dda Health Board: 'safety net' will ensure patient safety after reforms to specialist baby care

Hywel Dda University Health Board says it welcomes today’s announcement on restructuring specialist baby care services, saying the proposals will make women and children’s services "safe and sustainable".

We understand there is concern and as our planning develops following today’s announcement, we will undertake an extensive programme of communications to ensure everyone understands what the changes will mean and when they will happen.

We are aware of particular cases being raised across the media. We are very clear that neither the Health Board nor the Minister would ever put forward an unsafe service and the safety net the Minister talked about – with Consultants available for the rare emergency whilst the model develops – will ensure patients are safe.

– Dr Sue Fish, Medical Director, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Minister confirms move to centralise specialist neonatal care in Hywel Dda Health Board area

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed proposals to restructure specialist neonatal care in West Wales.

  • A Level 2 Neonatal Unit is established at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.
  • 'Midwifery-led' obstetric and maternity services at Bronglais and Withybush hospitals.
  • Consultant obstetric support to remain at Withybush until the new model is established.
  • A 'phased introduction' for the plans.

Teams based at Glangwili would provide 24/7 emergency care across the entire Health Board area.

The changes come after a panel of experts concluded the restructure would 'provide an improved service for mothers and babies'.

The panel has set out a number of important provisos and recommend a phased introduction of the new model. These include robust ‘safety net’ arrangements to provide midwives with skilled assistance in the event of an unexpected emergency. There must also be robust emergency transfer arrangements, and the midwife-led units must be developed according to strict guidelines.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

An independent evaluation of the impact of the revised services will also be carried out in twelve months time.

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