MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is seeking an assurance from the Chief Executive of the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Dr Andrew Goodall, that outpatient services at Chepstow Community Hospital will not be withdrawn until an independent review of local healthcare service provision has been completed.
Nick wrote to Dr Goodall after being contacted by a constituent who expressed fears about the future of the hospital’s outpatient services due to the imminent opening of a new hospital in Caerphilly.
“My constituent’s concern is that much of the outpatient work at the new hospital will be carried out by consultants from the Royal Gwent Hospital, which will result in the withdrawal of services from other community hospitals – robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Nick. “
“He tells me that he understands that so far approximately 30 hours per month of outpatient clinics have recently been withdrawn from Chepstow in areas such as Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Gynaecology, with Ophthalmology also on the list of services to be chopped.
“I have been informed by the Health Board that officers have been asked to investigate these issues, and am hoping I will be able to reassure my constituent that his worries are unfounded,” said Nick.