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Report slams community hospitals

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Community hospital services in mid Wales should be transferred to other parts of the NHS as soon as possible because of serious concerns over patient safety, according to a damning report.

The report from the Welsh NHS Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit listed a ‘series of serious incidents’ relating to patient safety at 10 community hospitals in Powys.

The report recommended ‘arrangements are made for clinical inpatient services for acutely ill patients, surgical patients, age care consultant patients, and patients transferred from district general hospitals to community hospitals in Powys, to be provided by NHS trusts as soon as possible’.

Chris Mann, chairperson of Powys local health board, said: ‘What the report tells us in a nutshell is that services still need to be provided but that some of these need to be provided in a different way.’

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