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21st November 2019

Sam Davies ward at Barry Hospital to remain open

BY: Nathan Spackman

Cardiff and Vale University Health board have announced that the Sam Davies Ward at Barry Hospital will remain open, following public outcry against plans for it to close.

It comes after hundreds of local people attended a march on October 5th to defend the threatened ward.

It follows the board listening to the views of local people, which it will now use to change its plans for the future of the ward.

Cardiff and Vale University Health board ran an eight week Public engagement process, which considered the views of the public, staff and stakeholders on the proposed plans.

In a statement the Health Board said that it "Maintains that the new pathway is the right thing to do to improve care for frail older people in the Vale of Glamorgan."

"However, we have listened to the views and recognise that stakeholders would like to see more evidence to show how the pathway would work within the Vale of Glamorgan so they can see the benefits in action."

The health board says beds will remain open at the Sam Davies ward whilst it gets frailty models up and running.

The Board of Cardiff and Vale University Health board will now consider a revised proposal at its meeting on the 28th November.

An update to the proposal will be posted following discussions by the board at a meeting to be held on the 28th November at the Memo Arts Centre in Barry.

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