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Bucharest nightclub fire victim treated in Swansea

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One of the victims of last month’s Bucharest nightclub fire is being cared for in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.

The patient was one of 12 to have been flown by NATO to the UK and Norway over the weekend.

They arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire late on Sunday ready to be transferred to hospitals around the country.

One patient was taken to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Morriston Hospital. His condition's described as stable.


Morriston Hospital 'ahead of the game' with new surgery procedures

New hi-tech orthopaedic surgery is being used at Morriston Hospital to help improve the care and treatment received by patients.

The new approach to surgery involves an MRI or CT scan of the patient's joint.

Today Health Minister Mark Drakeford will visit the hospital to speak to staff and patients.

"This is a good example of using technology to improve the care and treatment patients receive. By using the most advanced procedures available the time patients are in surgery is shortened, reducing the risk of infection and helping to improve overall waiting times.

"This collaborative approach between Morriston Hospital and Biomet is increasingly important to the modern Welsh NHS."

– Mark Drakeford, Health Minister for Wales

Surgeons from the hospital have described the new approach to surgery as 'something to shout about.'

"This is a feather in the cap for Morriston Hospital and for Wales and has been made possible by enthusiastic team involvement, particularly in theatre.

"We are really ahead of the game here and it is something for Wales to shout about."

– David Woodnutt, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Hi-tech surgery leads the way at Morriston Hospital

The new approach to surgery hopes to cut waiting times and reduce infection for patients Credit: PA

Patients at Morriston Hospital are benefitting from new high-tech orthopaedic surgery, which it's hoped will reduce the risk of infection and help cut waiting times.

The standard procedure for knee replacement surgery is for all implant sizes and equipment to be provided to the operating theatre. These are then used on a trial and error basis until the correct size for the patient can be identified.

But surgeons at Morriston Hospital are now using a new technique - an MRI or CT scan is taken of the patient's joint, which is then used to customise the size and position of the implant.

This means the time in theatre can be reduced by up to a half, which in turn cuts waiting times and equipment costs.

Today Health Minister Mark Drakeford will visit patients and staff at the hospital, and see where hip and knee replacement surgery takes place.

The hospital is working closely with Biomet - a global orthopaedics company which has it's UK headquarters in Bridgend, to use the latest techniques to improve treatments.

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.

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