CEREDIGION residents have shown more support for plans that would see Bronglais Hospital remain as it is with a new hospital built between the current Glangwili and Withybush Hospitals.

Hywel Dda Health Board launched a consultation into proposals to shake up healthcare in the board area with three proposals, all of which would see Bronglais Hospital remain as a district general hospital, but with major changes to other hospitals.

All three options would see Withybush Hospital downgraded to a community hospital while Proposal A would see Glangwili and Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli also downgraded with a new build hospital providing urgent and planned care.

Proposal B is similar, but would see Prince Philip Hospital remain as a district general hospital, while Proposal C would see a new urgent care hospital between the current Glangwili and Withybush hospitals, but Glangwili would become a planned care hospital and Prince Philip would remain a general hospital.

All three proposals include the introduction of new community hubs to provide services in a community setting.

An assessment of the consultation shows that the majority of the respondents from Ceredigion backed Proposal A followed by Proposal B, with health chiefs now considering the feedback to consider whether options should be changed ahead of a future model of care.

There were also calls for a community hub to be located in Lampeter, as well as the identified locations of Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Aberaeron and Tregaron.

Hywel Dda chief executive Steve Moore said: “We have committed throughout this process to be as open and inclusive as possible and we’ve strived to go above and beyond expectations for continuous engagement because it is the right thing to do and because we have learnt so much from discussion, new ideas and challenge.

"We are therefore making this report available to our patients, staff, stakeholders and communities so we can all take time to read and consider its contents.”

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