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Plans unveiled to reduce minor injury unit opening times but bolster urgent care services

An overhaul of urgent but non-emergency care services at Singleton Hospital and Neath Port Talbot Hospital is on the cards.

RICHARD YOULE reports on the plans and the issues involved.

HEALTH chiefs say they need to improve urgent care services at Singleton Hospital and Neath Port Talbot Hospital — but opening times at the two minor injury units are set to reduce.

They said the current system at both hospitals did not work as well as it could, meaning patients who needed treatment straight away — but were not emergency admissions — were waiting longer than they should.

And a shortage of doctors at Singleton’s minor injury unit at weekends has sometimes led to unplanned closures.

Joanne Abbott-Davies, assistant director of strategy at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, said: “We have ended up not being unable to man the Singleton minor injury unit, and putting notices on the door.

“That’s not good practice, and not what we want to do.”

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