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Y Banwy: Health Minister Vaughan Gething visited Bronglais to open the unit


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Reablement unit opened


Gething has visited Bronglais Hospital to officially open a new step-down unit for patients who are deemed medically fit, but who may need a period of reablement before they can be discharged. Mr Gething was met by the Chair

of the Health Board, Bernadine Rees, together with hospital managers, clinical directors and Co-Chairs of the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative to open Y Banwy. The unit - which is based in the

former Afallon Ward - aims to improve patient flow and reducing delays in the planning for and discharge of in- patients who are deemed medically fit or whose condition is medically stable but may require a period of reablement. It also promotes review of packages of care for patients with complex needs and/or further assessment to ensure safe discharge from Bronglais General

Hospital. Patients are cared for in the 12

bedded Y Banwy by a multi-disciplinary team working with a focus on discharge planning and optimising the patients’ abilities in an appropriate intermediate area designed to meet their needs. All patients are nursed in single side rooms with nursing stations on either end of the unit. Prior to opening, these patients

would have been cared for in beds across the acute medical or surgical wards and by admitting them to an area designed to optimise reablement and focus on discharge with time for full engagement with their families, carers and support service, it allows acute wards to focus on acute care, whilst Y Banwy focuses on patients requiring high nursing but low medical input. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething

said: “Y Banwy is an example of giving patients the support they need, as close

to home as possible. It will improve the flow of patients through the hospital, at the same time as helping people to regain their independence.” Mrs Rees added: “On behalf of

the Health Board, I am delighted to welcome the Minister to Bronglais Hospital to show the fantastic work being undertaken on Y Banwy. “Y Banwy’s philosophy is to

provide an environment where people can achieve maximum independence before care is transferred, and to ensure that timely and safe discharge is planned and promoted throughout their stay. “Advice, treatment and care is

based on genuine partnership with patients, family members, carers and the multi-disciplinary team, and we are particularly pleased that support can be tailored to meet individual needs, with the focus on discharge or transfer to community services.”

Dyfi Valley healthcare plan A GROUP of local GPs are to

take over GP healthcare services for the whole of the Dyfi Valley after winning a contract to manage Machynlleth Health Centre. Dr Jon Shaw, Dr Louise Hyde

and Dr Sara Bradbury-Willis will now lead a team of GPs, nurses and other allied healthcare workers in a plan to improve services to rural patients from across the Dyfi Valley. Announcing the news, Alan Law

rie, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Primary and Community Care and Mental Health at Powys Teaching Health Board, said: “The GP team from Glantwymyn Health Centre showed a real commitment to local people. I am confident that these kind of ‘joined up’ services are vital for the future of Welsh rural healthcare, and reflect what we have heard from people in the Dyfi Valley about their aspirations.” Dr Jon Shaw, senior GP from

Glantwymyn Health Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this contract. We are passionate about providing the best possible care to all patients in this community. We

already know many of these patients – we live here, we work here and we are in it for the long haul.” The contract will begin in April. “There will be a transition period,

for staff and for patients, but we want it to be as smooth and fuss-free as possible. This is an exciting time for everyone. We expect to develop new and improved services at both Glantwymyn and Machynlleth Health Centres, as well as at the main hospital site,” said Dr Louise Hyde. Dr Sara Bradbury-Willis, GP

from Glantwymyn Health Centre, said: “At a time when NHS services have hit the headlines in England, it is wonderful to see Welsh healthcare moving onwards and upwards. The hospital site in Machynlleth has been earmarked for massive investment, and we intend to make sure that local patients benefit.” Alan Lawrie added: “I would

also like to thank the whole team at Machynlleth Health Centre for their ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of people in the Machynlleth area.” A series of drop in sessions will

be held in the coming months for local people to contribute to the development of this new healthcare model. Details will be announced shortly. Mid and West AM Simon

Thomas said: “I welcome the plans that we help secure the future of primary medical care at Machynlleth Health Centre. My team will be scrutinising Powys Teaching Health Board to make sure the promised improvements are made. “Over the last two years, there

has been a fall in the numbers of GPs in Wales. Only Plaid Cymru has a comprehensive plan to increase the doctors available locally with ideas like directly salaried GPs to fill vacancies in rural and peripheral areas. This would then be an option for doctors who do not want the hassle of running their own businesses.” The GPs are due to take on the contract for the practice from April. This does not affect where and

how patients who are registered with Machynlleth Health Centre receive their GP-led care.

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