Before you dial 999 for an ambulance, we would ask you to remember that:
- If you are feeling unwell and you are not sure what to do, please call the NHS Direct Wales service on 0845 46 47 and speak to a nurse adviser for information and advice, available 24 hours a day, every day.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing call the NHS Direct Wales textphone number on 0845 606 46 47.
- If you have a medical emergency such as loss of consciousness, difficulty in breathing, suspected heart attack, heavy blood loss, serious injury or severe burns call 999.
- Sending an ambulance to a call that is not an emergency could delay the response to a seriously ill or injured patient.
- Patients with minor illnesses or injuries who arrive at hospital by ambulance do not receive faster treatment.
The next meeting of the Board of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust will be held at 10.30 a.m. on 12 December 2013 at Coleg Powys Newtown, Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU. The Trust welcomes the attendance of all members of the public and fully embraces equality and diversity. Should you have any special requirements in order to aid your attendance, please contact us at least five working days in advance to enable us to help accommodate your requirements. Welsh simultaneous translation facilities will be available. Further details, including directions to the location, are available from Caroline Jones on 01745 532970.
South Wales Programme
The 12 December Board meeting (in addition to scheduled business) was due to consider a series of recommendations from the South Wales Programme Board at 11am. Unfortunately this item of business will not be able to proceed for discussion as planned.
A small but important number of details have arisen over the last few days that need further work by members of the programme board before finalising its recommendations.
The South Wales Programme Board, which is made up of the South Wales Health Boards and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Chairs and Chief Executives, is due to meet again on December 17, when these details will be discussed.
The South Wales Programme Board apologises to the Health Boards, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the public for this delay, but this reflects the conscientious way it is taking into account all the information received before, during and following the public consultation held in the summer.
It is anticipated the special meetings will be rescheduled for early in the new year.
The remainder of the business for the Scheduled meeting of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Board meeting on 12 December will go ahead as planned.
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