Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething is today visiting Royal Glamorgan Hospital to thank staff for their efforts dealing with pressures this winter.

He will meet staff at the acute medical assessment service, radiology and tour the Llantrisant hospital’s A&E unit to see how the Royal Glamorgan’s “flow programme” is speeding up the way patients are treated within the hospital.

Mr Gething said:

“We know that health services across the UK have experienced significant pressures during the winter and I want to thank staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital for their efforts and commitment to patient care.

“Cwm Taf University Health Board won an NHS Wales Award for its work reducing unnecessary delays to patients’ journeys through the healthcare system.  I know that other health boards are keen to learn from the progress made by staff here and I want to thank them for their efforts.”

The health board’s Focus on Flow project has significantly reduced the length of unnecessary hospital stays and improved outcomes for patients.

Staff from the NHS and social care system in the Cwm Taf area identified areas where there were delays and ways to overcome them. This included reducing delays in handing patients over from ambulances to the hospital; redirecting patients to minor injury units instead of A&E where appropriate and improving social care support.

Mr Gething added:

“The Welsh Government recently announced an extra £40m to help the NHS deal with winter pressures. This means we have invested a further quarter of a billion pounds in the Welsh NHS in 2014-15 to continue to deliver high-quality, sustainable health services.”

Deputy Minister pays tribute to Royal Glamorgan Hospital staff