MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has written to the Welsh Government’s Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, expressing concern about the delay in establishing a dialysis unit at Nevill Halll Hospital, Abergavenny. A number of patients living in the Abergavenny area currently have to make regular trips to Cardiff for treatment.
“One constituent who lives near Abergavenny has told me that for the past five years he has been travelling by ambulance car at least three times a week for dialysis in Cardiff, and I know there are other patients from the Abergavenny area who are making similar trips, “ said Nick.
“He tells me that in 2008 he met the former Health Minister Edwina Hart AM, and was told that funding was available for a dialysis ward to be established locally at Nevill Hall.
“Unfortunately, the dialysis unit has still not been set up and my constituent would like to know what has happened to the funding which was available three years ago.
“I have contacted the Health Minister who has informed me that additional funding for new dialysis capacity across Wales, including the North Gwent area, has been allocated to health boards and that a high level option appraisal is now being taken by the Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board to determine the most appropriate location for a 12 station dialysis unit.
“I hope that Nevill Hall Hospital will be considered a suitable site and that an announcement will be made within the next few months.
“Clearly the current situation is unsatisfactory and the establishment of a dialysis unit at Nevill Hall would be welcomed by local patients.”