Face masks and social distancing: Due to the rising prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, we strongly encourage healthcare staff and visitors to wear a face covering in all of our settings, particularly in clinical areas and those with high footfall. Please exercise a common-sense approach and personal responsibility to help us reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, workforce and services. In addition to wearing a face covering, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing where possible. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this time. We continue to regularly review our advice based on prevalence in our communities and our hospitals.
This engagement is about changing our hydrotherapy services going forward, to support the development of each of our main hospitals as Centres of Excellence for specific services and to ensure we can provide improved services for our patients, improve the sustainability of our services, and use the resources we have most effectively.
The Health Board, in partnership with the Swansea Bay Community Health Council, considered the outcome of the our engagement about Urgent and Planned Care after Covid-19 at its meeting on 28th October. The Board agreed the proposals could go ahead, with some additional actions to address the concerns raised as part of the feedback. It was agreed that further work would be carried out on how we provide hydrotherapy services in the future, building on the feedback received through this process.
Building on the intention to develop each of our main hospitals as a Centre of Excellence in their own right and the feedback received from the previous engagement process, it is important that we consider how the provision of hydrotherapy can best fit into this direction of travel so that we can improve access to these services and provide them to a higher standard.
As our proposals for urgent and planned care are implemented, this will result in our most ill patients being cared for at Morriston. Where patients need rehabilitation prior to returning home, they will be transferred to Neath Port Talbot Hospital, which is going to be our Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation. Therefore, we would anticipate that inpatients requiring hydrotherapy as part of their rehabilitation will do so at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in the future, not Morriston Hospital.
Children generally almost always attend hydrotherapy as outpatients and therefore would be accommodated at Neath Port Talbot or Singleton Hospitals depending on where they live.
Neath Port Talbot Hospital is also planned to become the Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedic and Spinal services and would therefore also offer hydrotherapy for these inpatients as required for their rehabilitation.
Singleton Hospital is planned to be the Centre of Excellence for Womens services and so hydrotherapy services would be provided there for suitable patients, for example Aquanatal, women prior to and after their pregnancy and Gynaecology.
We also want to expand access of outpatients and communities to hydrotherapy services. Both Singleton and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals offer good access to patients visiting their sites and so will be available for these individuals. We also want to encourage the use of these pools by community groups and voluntary sector organisations, and so are proposing extending the arrangement for hiring the Singleton pool to the Neath Port Talbot pool as well.
Therefore, we are proposing:
We would therefore recommend these are the two pools that remain open.
Concentrating activity over the two pool sites will enable us to develop an increased level of expertise for our patients and health board population, whilst enhancing overall access.
Public engagement on the Hydrotherapy Services following Covid-19 is from 20th December, 2021 until midnight on 18th February, 2022.
It is also available in Welsh, large print (English and Welsh), audio disk (English and Welsh), British Sign Language video, Easy Read and Braille. You can request these by ringing 01639 683355 or by emailing SBU.email@example.com.
Below you will find details of the different ways you can contact us and get involved in this engagement.
You can let us know what you think by:
Filling in the response form linked here and returning it to us via the address or email address located below.
Writing to us:
Chief Executive, Swansea Bay UHB, One Talbot Gateway, Baglan, SA12 7BR
Emailing us: SBU.firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoning us and leaving a message: (01639) 683355
Alternatively, you can let the Community Health Council know your views by writing to them at:
Swansea Bay Community Health Council, Cimla Hospital, Cimla, Neath, SA11 3SU
Or emailing them: email@example.com
Thank you for reading this and giving us your views.