This HDCHC report has provided examples of some of our activities during the first five months of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to this work, we continued to hold meetings and scrutinise health services. We helped members of the public who approached us with a vast array of very diverse enquiries and concerns.
Although our usual ways of working have changed significantly, we continue to act as the voice for Hywel Dda residents even during these challenging times. Besides the examples above we have also dealt with issues which include:
- Maternity care and childbirth within the pandemic
- Staff uniform policies
- The test, trace and protect initiative
- Chemotherapy treatments
- Welsh Blood service
- Section 17 leave for people detained under the Mental Health Act
- Psychological support for coronavirus patients during their recovering and discharge from ITU
- Rehabilitation services for coronavirus patients
- Oxygen supplies for hospitals
- Coronavirus vaccine developments
- Planning and predicting population needs in a pandemic involving a new virus
- Management of care of people with autism
- Suicide rates during the pandemic
- Translation and interpreting requirements
- Evaluation of patient experience of video consultations and telephone appointments
We sincerely look forward to writing the final chapter of our coronavirus story.
In the meantime, we will keep on acting on behalf of the people of Hywel Dda and CHCs across Wales will continue to work on behalf of Welsh people.