Today Hywel Dda University Health Board publishes its Board papers online ahead of its meeting in public next week on Thursday 22 June.

The Board will be asked to approve the launch of two new public exercises which will ask local residents to think big and share their views how they would like their future NHS services to look and feel in the coming years.

‘Transforming Clinical Services’ is a clinically-led public engagement exercise that will run for twelve weeks from 22 June. It will give people the chance to have their say on how they would like services to improve across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, in particular planned care, urgent and emergency care, and out of hospital care.

‘Transforming Mental Health’ is a formal public consultation on the future of adult mental health services across the three counties. This follows a comprehensive two year period of engagement with service users, carers, staff and members of the public, to co-design a new model of care that will reduce waiting times, offer 24 hour access, provide more support in the community and will focus more on recovery and resilience.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We feel it is absolutely crucial that we work hand in hand with our local communities to improve health services in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. The only way that we will be able to deliver the type of care and support that each and every member of our population needs both now and in the future, will be if we work together to debate, discuss and then jointly decide on how to fundamentally make things better.

“The challenges facing the NHS are well-rehearsed, but by starting with what matters most to service users, their friends, family and carers, and members of the public who will use our services at different stages of their lives, we can have an open and honest conversation about what needs to change.

“We need the input and support of our local residents in deciding how exactly this should work and what we need to do differently. We genuinely believe the NHS belongs to the people – so we want to hear what each and every person wants Hywel Dda University Health Board to do over the coming years to redevelop our services so that we have a seamless, flexible, accessible and compassionate system of care that we can all be proud of.”

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