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12th August 2019

Sam Davies Ward: Jane Hutt AM and South Glamorgan Community Health Council Statement

BY: Nathan Spackman

A campaign has been launched to save a ward at Barry Hospital which is threatened with closure.

The Sam Davies ward, which is a 23-bed rehabilitation ward for older people, could close as part of NHS plans.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, which runs the hospital, says it wants to get the patients home more quickly because there’s evidence that longer stays in hospital can lead to people’s conditions getting worse.

But trade union Unison has called on Barry to defend its local health services and accused the health board of “a complete failure to properly engage with staff and the local community about its plans”.

Vale of Glamorgan Assembly Member Jane Hutt recently met the Chair, Malcolm Latham and Chief Officer Stephen Allen, from South Glamorgan Community Health Council last week to discuss the proposal by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to close Sam Davies Ward at Barry Hospital.

Jane Hutt said: “I have met with staff and visited the Sam Davies Ward, to talk to patients and carers and I have raised my deep concerns about the proposals to close the Ward with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board."

"I have called for full public consultation about their plans in line with South Glamorgan Community Health Council’s formal procedures. This has to start with an engagement process with all those affected. It is clear that this cannot start until the CHC have seen the planned proposals."

"This has not been made available. The Health Board must now be clear about the plans and the timescales for public engagement. I was pleased to clarify that the current timescale for engagement activity is unlikely and that the CHC will be closely monitoring the engagement process."

Stephen Allen said: “South Glamorgan Community Health Council are still awaiting final confirmation of the Cardiff & Vale University Health Boards plans for services for Frail Older Peoples Services in the Vale of Glamorgan which include the relocation of the Sam Davies Ward from Barry Hospital to Llandough."

"I was pleased to undertake a walk around the Sam Davies Ward with Jane Hutt AM and was able to hear first hand concerns of service users  and staff”.

He went on to say: “ We have agreed with the Health Board in principle for a series of public engagement events to be held in the Vale of Glamorgan area to hear the public’s views on the proposals.

"We have advised the Health Board that we require the final confirmation on the Health Board proposals by our meeting to be held on the 4th October 2019,  currently we are awaiting a formal reply from the Health Board”.

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