Community fundraisers support plans for specialist ward at Withybush Hospital

Local fundraisers and key stakeholders came together to hear the latest progress on plans for a new Specialist Palliative Care, Haematology and Oncology Ward (formerly known as Ward 10) at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.
Hywel Dda University Health Board, in partnership with its stakeholders, is preparing the detailed plans for the multi-million pounds development.
The new facilities will strengthen services and provide a better environment for patients locally, through modern, purpose-built areas which are dementia friendly, supporting those with bariatric requirements and with improved facilities for relatives.
It is hoped the development will also encourage appointment to key posts within the hospital.
Dr Iain Robertson-Steel, Hospital Director at Withybush said: “We are making good progress in bringing together all the necessary plans and documentation for the development and have recently shared detailed layout plans with staff, stakeholders and the public. We will shortly be going out to tender for the building works which will then inform the business case to be submitted to Welsh Government for consideration early next year and, subject to the necessary approvals, enable the development to go ahead.”
“It’s really important to recognise the involvement and engagement of our staff, partners and key charitable representatives in the local community with this exciting development; we very much value their contribution and will continue to work closely with them, and share further updates with the public, as we move forward.”
“We also wish to acknowledge the fantastic efforts of Elly Neville and her family and we congratulate them as Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal fund recently hit the £46,000 mark (at the time of writing). This will greatly contribute to improving the patient experience on Ward 10.”
Elly’s father, Lyn Neville, commented: “As a family we are happy to be able to give back to Ward 10 following the care I received, and more recently my sister. We would like to thank the Pembrokeshire public and business community for their support of Elly’s Appeal and thank the Ward 10 staff for their amazing work and dedication”.
More than £345,000 (as at 3 October 2016) has so far been raised by the Health Board’s Pembrokeshire Cancer Services Fund and Elly’s Ward 10 Flag appeal.Funding for the development is dependent on the University Health Board securing monies from the Welsh Government and work is underway on preparing the business case.
Helen Johns, Senior Sister on Ward 10 said: “We are extremely grateful for the support our local community has given to this scheme. In addition to local fundraising efforts, patients and their relatives have given their precious time to consider and comment on the proposed floor plans, meaning that the ward will be designed by Pembrokeshire people for Pembrokeshire people.”
This positive development is part of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s wider plans to upgrade a range of dementia friendly facilities for patients at Withybush Hospital, including the new Pembrokeshire Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (replacing the existing Chemotherapy Day Unit).
For more information and to view the proposed layout plan, visithttp://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/862/page/86137

Notes:
Definition of specialist palliative care, haematology and oncology:
Specialist Palliative Care is the specialist care of those requiring help with physical, psychological, social or spiritual needs
Haematology is the specialist management of disease and disease processes of the blood
Oncology is the specialist management and treatment of neoplastic and general cancer conditions.

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