Welsh Health Minister, Prof Mark Drakeford, is announcing a £1.4m investment to re-develop emergency care services at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital during a visit to see the new facilities today.
Accompanied by Nia Griffith MP, Keith Davies AM and Welsh Labour Assembly candidate Lee Waters, the Health Minister will see for himself how the hospital will lead the way with a new model for emergency care.
“As a result of the investment by Welsh Labour Llanelli will have a new model of healthcare which will see people being treated more quickly, by the right person, in the right place, first time” said Assembly candidate Lee Waters.
The new model has been designed by clinical staff and has been backed by the Royal College of Physicians, Llanelli Rural District Council, Hywel Dda Community Health Council, patient groups and SOSSPAN.
“This could not have been achieved without the commitment from dedicated doctors and nurses, and funding from the Labour Welsh Government” said Llanelli MP Nia Griffith.
“At a time when Welsh Labour is ensuring record investment in patient care, Plaid Cymru wants to divert money from frontline services with a multi-million pound, top-down reorganisation of health boards, whilst UKIP wants American–style healthcare costing families up to £10,000 a year. Labour created the NHS and we will always protect it”, the Llanelli MP added.
When the new ‘front of house’ facility is open patients coming into A&E will be assessed by a GP or experienced enhanced nurse practitioner and treated according to their needs.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:
“This investment will transform emergency care services at Prince Philip Hospital and will show the people of Llanelli and the surrounding area that Prince Philip Hospital has a very bright future in providing excellent healthcare.”