THE number of beds for dementia patients on Anglesey will be reduced as part of a change to local health services on the island.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) announced as part of their latest cost-cutting measures that beds for dementia patients in Ysbyty Cefni, Llangefni, would be reduced due to an under occupation of beds.
Only about 60 percent of beds are currently in use at the hospital, and the health board consultation has recommended making more use of the nurse liaison service currently on offer.
Andrew Jones, consultant of BCUHB, said: “We all equate care of the patients to the number of beds there are available, but often for dementia patients, being in a unfamiliar environment can cause further distress.
“Presently, the beds are under-occupied. Liaison staff have a high standard of diagnostic skills and can also prescribe. This is the best way to meet the dementia challenge over the coming period.
“This is fully supported by all the GPs on Anglesey.”
Councillor Robert Lloyd Hughes said: “I’m not sure how sustainable this service is going to be. They’re funding the door to door service by cutting services elsewhere, but my concern is that the NHS will run out of funding for this and the burden will be placed on our social services.”
Also as part of the changes to health services, opening hours at Holyhead’s Penrhos Stanley hospital will be extended.
The ward will now be open seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm.
Councillor John Chorlton said: “I’m glad you’ve had a change of attitude towards Penrhos Stanley. A couple of years ago there was talk of closing it altogether, but this is good news.”