Lindsay Whittle AM blasts critics of Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr
Mr Whittle, who represents South Wales East and is a former leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, hit out at claims from Caerphilly Labour councillor Nigel Dix that Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr is nothing more than a cottage hospital.
Speaking during a debate on nurses, he said: “Despite what some local Labour councillors are saying, it is not a cottage hospital—there is not enough thatch in Wales to make a cottage hospital like this.
“Inside, it has the appearance not of a hospital, but more of a first-class hotel. Each patient has their own room with en-suite facilities. While I think that is great, and I am sure that we will do an analysis in six or 12 months’ time of patients’ opinions, we should also do an analysis of the effects that it has on nurses.
“It is a fantastic new building with state-of-the-art facilities, providing access to services that we have never had locally, particularly in the field of mental health.”
However, there is still confusion over what emergency service the new hospital offers.
Caerphilly Observer reader Helen Perry recently left the following comment on a story about the closure of Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital.
“Well I think you should of left this open. At least we had an A&E even if it was only open from 9am to 5pm. Now we have a new hospital with a minor injury unit. Took my son up there last night thinking it was A&E, to be told we had to go to the Heath. How pathetic. All that money on a new hospital with no A&E. This is one of the most important things we needed at the new hospital, because we have to drive all the way to Cardiff or the Gwent. You need to sort this out.”
We received the following:
Local Emergency Centre at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr
Nurse Led Unit – open 24/7 365 days a year, adults and children can be seen.
Led by specially trained Emergency Nurse Practitioners who can work autonomously.
Supported by Minor Injury Unit trained triage/treatment nurses.
Segregated children’s waiting area, purpose built Minor Injury Unit facility, four consultation rooms, X-Ray facilities, large plaster room etc.
Non- minor injury presentations triaged and re-directed to: Medical Assessment Unit, GP Out of Hours Service (all available in Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr) or Royal Gwent Hospital, Nevill Hall Hospital, University of Wales Hospital.
The types of injuries and circumstances that lead to the use of Minor Injury Service are shown below, they are based on the description of the Enhanced Primary Care Minor Injury Service Specification. Critically they relate to a recent (i.e. less than 48 hours) injury, beyond 48 hours a patient should access their GP or Practice Nurse.
What is a minor injury?
Cuts, grazes and bruising
Recent wounds (less than 48 hours) including those that might need gluing, stitching or steri-strips
Minor burns and scalds
Tetanus immunisation after injury
Removal of foreign bodies form eyes, nose or ears
Minor eye problems including removal of contact lenses
Insect bites or other animal bites
Minor head injury (no loss of consciousness or vomiting and no other symptoms e,g headache, nausea, visual disturbance, dizziness.
Removal of rings, earrings or studs
Minor injuries to leg, below the knee and arm, below the shoulder, where patient can weight bear through foot or move fingers.
What do Minor Injury Staff do?
Clinical Assessments to ensure the patient is directed to the most appropriate care provider for their clinical need
Independent Clinical Decision Making
Temporary Emergency Plaster Casts
Suturing/gluing and steri-strips
Removal of foreign bodies
Dressing of wounds associated with recent minor injury
It is not the role of a Minor Injury Unit to provide:
Alternative to Emergency Department for serious and/or life threatening conditions.
Substitution services for primary or community care services (e.g. wound management/dressings, minor ailments, chronic conditions management).
Basically a Minor Injury Unit is a locally delivered service that deals with a patient who’s injuries or illness are not serious enough to require treatment in a main Accident and Emergency Department, but cannot be treated at home.
Minor Injury Units cannot be considered capable of providing the same level of service and same standards of resuscitation facilities as a fully equipped Accident and Emergency Department.Follow @CaerphillyObsvr