Patients with certain conditions who attend the Royal Glamorgan Hospital with a minor injury late in the evening are being offered a timed appointment the following morning, under a new pilot scheme to reduce waiting times. Patients will also have the option of waiting at ED to be seen the same evening.
What started as a three months trial service with British Red Cross teams supporting in the emergency department at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, has helped more than 21,800 patients since December 2018.
Dr Sharon Hopkins, Interim CEO, said: “The South Wales Programme was a large-scale consultation designed to address major challenges faced by many hospitals in recruiting and retaining highly skilled staff in certain speciality areas.
This year’s Choose Well campaign, designed to help people make the right decisions of where to get advice and treatment if they are unwell to help ease pressure on GPs and hospital emergency departments, has been launched.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething, visited the A&E department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant today to look around four new examination / treatment cubicles that will be dedicated to the care of patients with minor injuries i.e. cuts, bites, sprains, fractures and other urgent minor injuries.