PLANS to hold a second public drop-in event in Llandovery to discuss ideas and ask questions about healthcare provision at the town’s hospital and Minor Injuries Unit have been postponed.

The meeting, which was due to be held on Tuesday 17 March, has been deferred as a precautionary measure to allow the health board to release senior medical staff to manage the Coronavirus outbreak in Hywel Dda.

Dr Phil Kloer, the health board’s Medical Director, said: “We were delighted with the level of attendance at the last event where over 500 people turned out and the strength of feeling and passion of members of the community came across very strongly.

“As a result of such unprecedented attendance we had planned to hold a second, follow-up event soon after the first one to allow everyone to be able to have their say, however in light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak we have decided to postpone the event to a future date.

“In the meantime we are working on bringing together feedback from the first event, including more than 28 pages of overarching themes, issues and comments captured from the meeting; hundreds of responses on feedback and equality monitoring forms; feedback from the Love Llandovery Facebook page, and letters and emails that we have received.

“I would like to reiterate that Llandovery Hospital is of strategic importance to the health board as it provides very important services for the local population, and we want a bright future for the hospital as expressed in our health and care strategy.”

Llanfair Surgery GP Dr John Rees added: “On behalf of Llanfair Surgery, the staff of Llandovery Hospital and all of our patients, I would like to express my gratitude to the health board for holding the public drop-in meeting in February. It was extraordinary to see the depth of feeling and loyalty that our local population has for Llandovery Hospital.

“It was so positive to hear the commitment from many senior health board members about the long term future of Llandovery Hospital.”

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