The MP for Wrexham calls for a walk-in center and visits the Emergency Primary Care Center (UPCC) in Maelor > News

Job : Mon 22 Aug 2022

The MP for Wrexham has called for a walk-in center in the town to help relieve pressure on the hospital’s emergency department.

In July, the A&E at Wrexham Maelor saw just 33 per cent of people in four hours in July, making it the worst in Wales

Last week, the MP for Wrexham visited the Emergency Primary Care Center (UPCC) at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Since her election in 2019, the MP has been inundated with complaints from constituents struggling to access health care.

Worst examples include waiting more than 15 hours to be seen at Maelor A&E and voters turning to payday loans to fund private surgeries after spending years on surgery waiting lists.

In response, Sarah Atherton launched a healthcare campaign calling on the Welsh Government to fund better access to healthcare, a walk-in center in Wrexham and to put clinicians at the heart of decision-making processes.

She met Ian Donnelly, chief executive of Wrexham Maelor, to review the provision of emergency care at the hospital and tour the new Primary Urgent Care Unit (UPCC).

This unit is designed to relieve pressure on A&E by taking direct referrals from GPs, pharmacists and the 111 service.

Ms Atherton has also heard of plans to open Plas Gororau in 2023 – one unit, offsite, which is being repurposed, some services on the Wrexham Maelor which do not need to be onsite will be moved in the new installation.

This aims to free up space on the hospital site for the emergency department to work more efficiently with the establishment of a minor injury and illness unit within the emergency setting.

Ms Atherton said she was delighted to hear about the creation of the Advanced Care Practitioner program, which hopefully will enable nurses to become self-directed practitioners who can assess, treat and discharge patients.

A program that has been very successful in other parts of the UK.

MP Sarah Atherton said: ‘It was great visiting the various emergency services, including the UPCC, meeting the staff and talking to the many patients in the waiting room.

“UPCC aims to reduce A&E waiting times and inappropriate use by patients, who have no other choice due to the inability to access a GP.

“While it is undeniable that the provision of healthcare in Wrexham still has a long way to go, and the success of these programs must be closely monitored to ensure that they are effective for patients and staff. , I’m glad the BCUHB listened to my constituents. ‘ worries.

“These are steps in the right direction, but time is running out and I will continue to work closely and constructively with my healthcare colleagues to ensure patients at Wrexham receive the healthcare they deserve.”

Ian Donnelly, MD of Maelor, added: “It was great meeting Sarah to show her around Wrexham Maelor Hospital last week and discuss the positive short and long term plans we are developing and implementing on the site, which will greatly benefit our patient care and experience.

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