Improvements to cancer out-patient services

Hywel Dda Health Board and Hywel Dda Community Health Council have been working jointly to improve care for cancer patients. 
A number of “quiet rooms” have been made available at Withybush, Glangwili and Prince Philip Hospitals and similar facilities are being sought at Bronglais Hospital.
These rooms will be used by patients and their families when they need privacy following diagnosis and discussion of their conditions with health care professionals.
Hywel Dda Health Board is also recruiting Macmillan Information Coordinators for Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. There is already a Macmillan Information Coordinator in Pembrokeshire.
Additional changes that will benefit cancer patients will be to encourage better arrangements in the out-patient departments so that patients newly diagnosed with cancer will not have to queue for long periods with other patients whilst waiting for blood tests.
Similarly, a new system is being developed so that cancer patients attending A&E can be fast tracked to the right care.
Hywel Dda Community Health Council has also developed a ‘Patient Care Handbook’ specifically for cancer patients to be introduced soon.
Dr Sian Lewis Associate Director of Clinical Services for Hywel Dda Health Board said “we continually strive to improve care for our patients and we very much value the support and input from the CHC in doing this”. 

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