HYWEL Dda Health Board have provided an update on the GP out of hour services:

WE are currently experiencing a shortage of GPs to cover the Out of Hours service in Carmarthenshire overnight tonight. Efforts are continuing until the last possible moment to fill the shifts affected, which are for this evening and overnight at Glangwili General Hospital. In the meantime, there are other services that can help you if you are unwell:

  • for health information and advice, including online symptom checkers, please visit NHS Direct Wales: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk
  • call 111 – they can help to signpost you to the right service, for example a GP, nurse, pharmacist or Minor Injury Unit, they also provide health information on a wide range of conditions for self care if appropriate
  • attend a minor injury unit, available at Glangwili Hospital, Prince Philip Hospital and Llandovery Community Hospital
  • use your community pharmacy, some of these have enhanced services like ‘triage and treat’ for treatment of minor conditions
  • ONLY in an emergency for serious or life-threatening conditions should you dial 999

Joe Teape, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “I would like to apologise for any concern or inconvenience caused to Carmarthenshire residents. Unfortunately we continue to experience GP shortages from time to time and we appreciate the efforts our staff, GPs and partners from across the Hywel Dda area are making to ensure we can provide safe services for our patients.”

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