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From next month, opening hours at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr will be permanently reduced

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Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach
Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach

The reduced opening hours of Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr’s minor injuries unit will become permanent from May 6, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has confirmed.

The hospital in Ystrad Mynach acts as one of four minor injuries units (MIUs) within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which together see around half of Gwent’s emergency care patients.

The health board stopped 24-hour treatment at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr MIU in March 2020, as the NHS prepared for the new threat of Covid-19.

At a board meeting on Wednesday, January 24, Aneurin Bevan’s public board confirmed it would make that change permanent.

A report to the public administration shows that Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr’s MIU saw between 51 and 90 patients per day between April 2022 and August 2023.

Based on the hospital’s opening hours, this amounts to approximately three patients per hour.

The report noted “a significant imbalance between opening hours and patient demand” at Aneurin Bevan’s MIUs.

From May 11, MIU opening hours will remain from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

At the meeting, the board also decided to limit the opening hours of the MIU at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny to the same 7am to 1am time slot as Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.

Gwent’s MIU opening hours

Neville Hall Hospital,Abergavenny Open 18 hours every day from 7am to 1am, seven days a week
Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr,Ystrad Mynach Open 18 hours every day from 7am to 1am, seven days a week
Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan,Ebbw Vale Open ten hours, from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
Royal Gwent Hospital,Newport Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Why is Caerphilly in Gwent?

Caerphilly County Borough was formed on 1 April 1996 by the merger of the Rhymney Valley district of Mid Glamorgan with the Islwyn borough of Gwent.

Administratively, the borough now falls under a wider region called Gwent for local services such as police and health. This includes the council areas of Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire.

Peredur Owen Griffiths, Plaid Cymru MS for South Wales East, said in January this year, when the decision was made to make the temporary reduction permanent, that the move would put more pressure on Grange Hospital in Cwmbran.

Claire McCarthy, emergency nurse at the health board, said: “We recognize the concerns of many people and have taken the time to listen, understand and take additional action as a result.

“Reducing the overnight opening hours of two of our departments will allow us to use our limited resources in the most effective way for our patients and staff, and ensure they are sustainable for the future.”

Additional reporting by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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