A wnaiff Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet roi'r wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am gynlluniau i ddatblygu gwasanaethau y tu allan i oriau arferol ym Mwrdd Iechyd Hywel Dda?
I acknowledge the challenges in staffing Out of Hours services in Hywel Dda UHB as elsewhere, and we have been taking action to address this.
Our Welsh 111 service pathfinder project brings together NHS direct and GP Out of hours call handling and triage into a single, simplified, service. Since May this year, the Carmarthenshire area of Hywel Dda has been included in the 111 pathfinder, sharing the Clinical Support Hub with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg.
The draft pathfinder evaluation indicates that the service has performed well and public satisfaction is high. We are now planning the further implementation of the service. This will consider a number of options in terms of the phased roll-out and be ready for consideration in late October. Completing the roll-out in Hywel Dda, so that all residents have equal access to the 111 service, is a key element of the plan.
Meanwhile, Hywel Dda continues to manage its Out of Hours services and, like other health boards, provides weekly weekend assurance returns to the Welsh Government. The most recent of these, for 29 and 30 September, suggested the service was well-supported and there was evidence of strong shift fill amongst GPs and nurses.