County councillor for Dafen: Cllr Rob Evans

A county councillor for Dafen has questioned the early closing hours of the Path Lab at Prince Philip Hospital.

Labour’s cllr Rob Evans contacted Llanelli Online to express his concerns regarding what he claims is ‘unnecessary’ early closing, causing upset to patients.

Cllr Evans said: “Today (Wednesday Mar 13) again I have witnessed the early closure of Path Lab Prince Philip Hospital due to high demand of patient’s requiring blood tests. The finishing time of the path lab is 4.30. I personally witnessed the doors closed at 3.30pm. I have on previous occasions seen how this is happening a lot. My thoughts are with the patient’s who finish work early to attend. The travelling patient’s have to arrange to get to the path lab before 4.30pm. The staff at the path lab working extra time to accommodate the footfall of patient’s.”

Cllr Evans had praise for the staff at the facility. He said: “The staff at the lab are amazing as a frequent user of the service I have first hand knowledge of their professionalism.

“My questions are, why can’t extra phlebotomists be appointed and further accommodation be found on the Hospital site?

“Yes we have the Antioch Centre but the demand for blood testing is going to remain high now and into the future. I am concerned as a patient and for my fellow patients. I am concerned that patient’s may give up the important blood testing they require due to long periods of waiting. For those who make the journey to Prince Philip Hospital for tests.”

We contacted Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Mr Dylan Jones Blood Sciences Service Manager, Hywel Dda University Health Board said, “The Phlebotomy Service at Prince Philip Hospital accepted the final patients at 3.45pm on Tuesday to ensure all waiting people were seen before its allocated closing time of 4.30pm. No patients were turned away. We would like to remind patients that the appointment based blood clinic at the Antioch Centre (Copperworks Road) is a convenient alternative to attending the blood clinic at Prince Philip Hospital. Appointments can be made for a time that is convenient to you by calling 0300 303 9642.”

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