We contacted all Welsh Government Assembly Members earlier this year. We summarised our concerns about the plans for the new cancer centre, and the process being used. We’re posting information from the letter on this site.
Misrepresentation of Patient numbers transferred for urgent escalation of care unavailable at the current Velindre site:
The concern here is that the figures quoted by the Velindre NHS Trust are incorrect, misleading and falsely reassuring to the general public. More worrying is the intention to replicate this current model of care at the proposed New Velindre Cancer Centre on the Northern Meadows.
What do Velindre say?
In the document “Why not build a new Velindre Cancer Centre on another hospital site?” Velindre say:
“fewer than thirty patients a year on average need an unplanned emergency transfer.”
What are the actual numbers of transfers?
We submitted a Freedom of Information enquiry to WAST (Welsh Ambulance Service Trust) and they provided us with the raw data on ambulance transfers.
On average around 100 patients are transferred each year using the 999 Ambulance system. These are urgent transfers for escalation of care that is not available at Velindre Hospital.Continue reading