Dr Nick Lyons, Medical Director of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “Our teams have been working extremely hard to make significant changes to the Emergency Department and supporting services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital. This has resulted in a number of important developments including new clinical leadership, the introduction of new roles and joint working across teams and support from other sites. We have also had early success in the recruitment of medical staff and the development of substantive roles for locum staff as well as new ways of working which have been put in place quickly as a result of COVID19.
“These changes mean the historical and recent safety concerns in the department have been significantly addressed and the quality of service continues to improve. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff for these achievements.
“We have also listened to our communities, who have been very clear about how much they value the Emergency Department at Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Their views and experiences have been vital in informing and shaping our work.
“While there is much to do, our teams remain committed to building on the progress which has been made. We will also be working in partnership with our communities to develop and design minor injury and illness services so they are accessible and used appropriately for their needs.
“In light of these very positive developments, which will continue to improve safety within our services, the Board will be asked at its meeting next week to reject further development of the two options which had been put forward and for a commitment to the ongoing, long-term, delivery of emergency medicine services through a 24/7 consultant-led emergency department at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.”