Building work on Prince Philip Hospital’s Front of House project has started following a three year journey to develop a sustainable emergency medical service for the population of Llanelli.
Mr Bryan Hitchman, Chair of the Committee for Improving Hospital Services (CIHS) was invited by Hywel Dda University Health Board Vice Chair Mrs Sian-Marie James to cut the sod at the site of what will become the new ‘front door’ for the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU).
Mr Hitchman, said: “It is an honour to be invited to participate in the cutting of the first sod for the Front of House Project at Prince Philip Hospital. It has been a pleasure to have been a small part of the project committee.
“I feel that the like-minded members of the steering group have achieved the best possible outcomes, in terms of medical services, available to meet the needs of the people of Llanelli and District.
“Prince Philip Hospital has always been highly regarded and all who work here are to be congratulated for the high esteem in which they are held.
“The Clinician led Front of House project will no doubt be a feature for the future new look and presentation of our NHS. It is a first for Llanelli. It is an exciting innovation, a precursor which will surely be the envy of many hospitals. Well done to all concerned.”
Invited guests at the ceremony have all played an important role in the Front of House Project and included doctors and clinical staff, community representatives including Hywel Dda Community Health Council, Llanelli Rural Council and hospital support groups such as the Committee for Improving Hospital Services CIHS/SOSPPAN.
The Front of House project focuses on six different areas of care – substance misuse, frailty, mental health, acute medicine, minor illnesses and minor injuries. The aim is to ensure that people come into the hospital and see the best person to provide them with the best treatment as quickly as possible.
Dr Robbie Ghosal, Clinical Lead for Prince Philip Hospital and Consultant Respiratory Physician, said: “It is fantastic to see the building changes start. For a collected group of physicians, GPs, specialist nurses, managers and allied specialties, this is the culmination of over two years work that has seen those who know what is needed to provide the best care for patients’ design what the population of Llanelli need.
“We all came at this from different angles that aligned in the end to form one aim - to provide high quality care for patients with acute medical illnesses or minor injuries.
“The final output is something that is very exciting, dynamic, and innovative and can be replicated, not only in other parts of Wales but also potentially other places in the UK.”
Whilst the footprint of the hospital won’t be increased by these works, the £1.4million investment will see the department undergo a significant redesign and refurbishment throughout for the benefit of staff, patients and visitors.
Due for completion by June 2016, the works may cause some disruption but every effort is being made to keep this to an absolute minimum and will be short-lived when compared to the long-term benefits for the population of Llanelli.
To find out more regarding the Front of House project at Prince Philip Hospital please visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/yourfutureservices.
Source: Hywel Dda University Health Board
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