There are a number of growing challenges facing vascular services in South East Wales, meaning the service cannot be sustained in its current format for the future. The configuration of vascular services across the region has been discussed at length for many years, with various options explored, and a series of recommendations established.
Our Health Boards in South East Wales have long standing working relationships, the South East Wales Vascular Network has been formally established to enhance collaboration and identify the best model of care for the future. The network is made up of:
For Powys, these changes mainly affect communities in south Powys who receive general hospital services in Prince Charles Hospital, The Grange Cwmbran and Nevill Hall Hospital. Pathways for vascular services in other parts of the county are not affected.
Together, we are proposing a number of changes to vascular services in our region that will make it sustainable for the future and most importantly lead to improved patient care and outcomes. Taking into account national guidance and specialist advice, a hub and spoke model has been identified as the best way to provide vascular care across the South East Wales region.
This model would mean that all major vascular operations are undertaken at the University Hospital of Wales as the hub, but the majority of care will happen closer to people’s homes in spoke hospitals. This includes pre-operative assessments, investigations and recovery care.
We want to hear from you, the population of South East Wales, to tell us your views on the proposed model of care.
We have compiled information about the nature of vascular services, the current set up, the challenges facing us, our vision for the future and the benefits to patients. Please take the opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes and submit your feedback. These services are a vital part of our healthcare infrastructure in South East Wales.
Please read The Future of Vascular Services in South East Wales document and submit your feedback through our survey.
We are working closely with our Community Health Councils (CHCs) and other partner organisations to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to learn about this programme and share their views. It is important that we hear your thoughts and opinions as we begin the development of our plans.
This public engagement opportunity runs for 8 weeks from from Friday 19th February – Friday 16th April 2021. Please provide us with feedback by completing this short survey:
Alternatively, you can fill out the form in The Future of Vascular Services in South East Wales document and send it to us in two ways:
ENGAGE WITH US
To speak to a member of the team for more guidance please call: 02921 836068
A series of engagement events will be hosted each of the provider Health Boards on the following dates. Public engagement events are being led by the organisations who provide vascular surgery services in South East Wales. Patients, members of the public and stakeholders in Powys are welcome to attend any of these events.
To express your interest or register to join an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
David Lewis, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, provides an overview of vascular services in South East Wales and sets out the case for change.
What are the benefits of a new model of care for vascular services in the South East Wales region? Have your say on the future of vascular services in South East Wales.
Our proposed model of care for future vascular services will mean the majority of patient care will happen closer to people’s homes in spoke hospitals. Hannah tells us more: