Royal Glamorgan Hospital to keep full-time A&E department

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Llantrisant’s Royal Glamorgan Hospital is set to retain its full-time A&E department.

The hospital’s A&E department – which mainly serves Rhondda Cynon Taf – had been threatened with a downgrade or closure following the retirement of a consultant, leading to questions over the safety of services.

The proposals prompted several well-attended protests, including one at the Senedd. In February, the Senedd supported a motion calling for A&E services to be protected.

New clinical leadership, additional recruitment and support from other hospitals have been deemed enough to save the A&E. The board of Cwm Taf Morgannwg are set to rubber-stamp the decision at their monthly meeting next Monday (29th June).

The health board’s medical director, Dr Nick Lyons, said: “While there is much to do, our teams remain committed to building on the progress which has been made. We will also be working in partnership with our communities to develop and design minor injury and illness services so they are accessible and used appropriately for their needs.”

The news was welcomed by Labour and opposition MSs, who congratulated those who campaigned against the proposals.

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