Proposed Changes to Mold Community Hospital

There are changes proposed for Mold Community Hospital – you need to contact the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, or to the local Community Health Council, or both to make your views known.

We need to work together to emphasise the importance of this local hospital to the Health Board.

Carolyn Thomas writes : “The Betsi Cadwaladr University Heath Board is planning to close the x-ray department and the minor injuries unit at Mold Community Hospital and you will be required to go to Deeside Community Hospital or to Wrexham Maelor Hospital for your x-rays and any minor injuries.

You can get more information from the Health Board’s document by telephoning 0800 678 5297 or you can see the document on the website www.bcuhjointhedebate.wales.nhs.uk

You can make your views known directly to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, or to the local Community Health Council, or both.
Betsi Dadwaldr University Health Board, Ysbty Gwynedd, Penrhosgarnedd, Bango, Gwynedd, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2PW or you can email the board at email:jointhedebate@wales.nhs.uk

Community Health Council for North Wales’ telephone number is 01248 679284

You can attend any one of the consultation events being held, three of which are at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold on Friday 28th September 2012 at 2 pm, 4 pm & 6pm.  You will need to book a place to attend by telephoning 0800 678 5297. Places are limited to appoximately 40 per session.

You can contact me, your County Councillor Carolyn Thomas who can raise questions on your behalf and mark your views known as I have booked to attend several events including the one above and I am also on a task group for the Mold area. Call 01352 770946 or email carolyn.thomas@hotmail.co.uk or carolyn.thomas@flintshire.gov.uk

Other proposed changes to hospital services are:
* Complex vein surgery will not take place in all three district general hospitals
* Some services, eg: outpatient, clinincs, blood tests, scans will move to local hospitals and GP practices, I’m finding out if they can still go to Mold if changes go ahead.
* All three district general hospitals will have a ward for older people who have a mental health illness.
* Deeside and Holywell designated as hub hospitals with minor injury units.
* Some very sick newborn babies will be treated at Arrow Park on the Wirral.
* Flint community hospital will be replaced with a new health centre but will lose hospital beds – will this mean they will have go to Deeside or Mold and take up beds there?
* Mold Hospital – close minor injuries unit and x-ray service.
* More older people with a mental illness will be cared for at home, or in local care homes.
* More care by NHS staff for more people living in towns, villages and rural area.
* More outpatient sercies in community settings.

Initial concerns expressed to me are:

* There are regular buses to Mold and Wrexham from Treuddyn but none to Deeside.  Also, it is more convenient to get lifts to Mold and a taxi is more likely to be affordable. Would have to use the Ambulance Service more which is not reliable.
* If have to go to Deeside or Wrexham with a minor injury, may not bother because of distance and inconvenience, leading to a worsening injury which would need higher medical attention.
* Wrexham is nearer to go to than Deeside but there can be up to a six hour wait at Wrexham and residents have anecdotal evidence of concerns with service provided.  If classed as a minor injury, go to the back of the queue and there is no information telling you how long you have to wait or where you are in the queue unlike in some hospital.  One patient waiting five hours although only person there and nobody explained why, in the end they left. At Mold you usually wait about an hour and very good service.
* Concern that if the minor injury and x-ray department is closed then it is a step closer to closing the hospital altogether.  Nearly all Treuddyn residents end up there to convalesce, the care is fantastic, it is easy to park, accessible by bus, tax or lift and conveniently close if do not have much time for a visit.  It is also important to consider that many visiting relatives are also elderly.
* Need to also consider the young who have minor injuries.  Mold is much nearer for all the schools and not as daunting as going to Wrexham.  Deeside again is too far.
* If residents that would normally go to the Countess of Chester have to go to Deeside as well as Mold patients, how will they cope?  Wrexham cannot cope.
* What if your local GP does not like doing home visits or you avoid going because you do not have confidence with them?
* Will you still be able to go for blood tests and outpatient clinics to Mold hospital?
* The document isn’t clear to follow.
* Residents who do not use computers or email, or read the local press do not know about the changes or how it will affect them, they will only realise when they need treatment and it will be too late.
* The document does not give clear comparative statistics behind the rationale for change.
* No evidence has been provided that changes already made (to one health board) have improved the service.
* Care and cost will be placed on other service area that cannot cope such as the Ambulance Service, Community Transport and Flintshire County Council Social Service.
* There are already problems with the Ambulance Service with having to wait for an ambulance to become available.”

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