Members of Bridgend County Borough Council have today received an update on plans for the future of Maesteg Community Hospital.
Speaking at a meeting of Council, Paul Mears, chief executive of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, confirmed that plans are in place to develop and expand the existing services that are available at the community hospital, which range from neurology, cardiology and eye clinics to speech and language, general surgery and ante-natal support.
In order to provide more services closer to home, the health board is looking at the possibility of establishing an additional minor injuries service at the hospital, which treats injuries that are not critical or life-threatening, and an urgent primary care service which provides enhanced access to local GP services while reducing pressure on accident and emergency departments.
The health board also wants to develop a hub at the community hospital providing greater access to multi-disciplinary support for children and families, and to explore options for creating new bed capacity. This would seek to provide beds for step-down and rehabilitation care, and palliative, respite and long-term care.
A public engagement plan is in place to discuss and gather views on the proposals for the community hospital. Public events are being organised for early 2023, and more details will be announced soon.
The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “It was exciting to see how Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is planning to further invest in Maesteg Community Hospital, especially as it follows an earlier £1.6m investment into new equipment and facilities.
“The new plans are designed to offer an improved, expanded service for local people, and will ensure that it remains a valuable community asset for years to come.”