Local Health Boards are working together to look at the future provision of adult thoracic surgery services in South Wales. This work is being led by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) which is responsible for the joint planning of specialised NHS services on behalf of all Local Health Boards in Wales.

An eight week consultation process has commenced and we would like your views on the proposal to locate a single adult thoracic surgery centre at Morriston Hospital in Swansea serving patients from south east Wales, west Wales and south Powys.

Thoracic surgery involves operations on all parts of the chest, including the chest wall, the contents of the chest, and the lungs. Our local patients with serious lung conditions (including lung cancer) have the majority of their treatment within Cwm Taf but the specialist major surgery (thoracic surgery) is not performed locally – our patients are generally referred as part of their overall treatment pathway to the service in Cardiff. This consultation just covers that complex surgery part of the pathway and not any of the local services which will continue as they are presently.

Please go to the WHSSC website to read the consultation document and tell us what you think by 27 August 2018, using the contact details provided by WHSSC.

Representatives from the Health Board will be giving a presentation on the proposals at our forthcoming Public Fora events. This will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed changes. Here are the details of the public meetings in Cwm Taf; a full list of all public consultation events taking place across south Wales is available on the WHSSC website.

Merthyr Tydfil Public Forum

31st July 2018, 9.30am

The Theatr

Canolfan Soar

Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8UB

 

Rhondda Valleys Public Forum

8th August 2018, 9.30am

Studio 3

Rhondda Sports Centre

Ystrad

CF41 7SY

 

Taff Ely Public Forum

13th August 2018, 1.30pm

Conference Hall

Llantrisant Leisure Centre

LLantrisant

CF72 8DJ

 

Cynon Valley Public Forum

15th August 2018, 1.30pm

Exercise Room

Michael Sobell Leisure Centre

Aberdare

CF44 7RP

 

So we can make the necessary arrangements, if you plan to attend one of the above meetings please let us know if you require Welsh language translation or other communication support due to sensory impairment.

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