Campaigners will take to the streets of Caerphilly today to campaign for an accident and emergency department at Ystrad Mynach Hospital.
– Brenda Tibbett, Campaigner
Marching through Caerphilly with banners flying will put the campaign for an A&E on the map.
Everyone we tell about the campaign supports what we're doing. All we need to do is make sure that everyone knows about it.
Posters and petitions have been taken around every pub and café in Caerphilly and Bedwas to raise awareness of the campaign, with 1700 joining the Facebook group 'A&E needed at Ystrad Mynach hospital'.
– Siân Denatale, Campaigner
Every minute counts when you need emergency care. Delays waiting for an ambulance or having to travel a far distance yourself puts lives and longterm health at risk.
We've asked people to send in their experiences and we're collecting them as evidence of how important it is that we have a local 24-hour doctor-led A&E. Now, we're asking people to come march. Over 25,000 people marched in Lewisham recently for their hospital. Let's see what we can do.
Proposed changes by Aneurin Bevan Health Board would see the area from Llanelli to Chepstow with just 4-5 Accident and Emergency departments.
Public consultation on the issue was supposed to finish in January but due to the amount of opposition it will finish at some point in Spring instead.