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					                            CYNGOR IECHYD CYMUNED
                             PONTYPRIDD RHONDDA
                           COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCIL

                            Cofnodion Cyfarfod y Cyngor
                         Minutes of the Meeting of the Council
                                     14th May 2007


PRESENT:

Cllr Edward L Hancock (In the Chair),Mrs Bronwen Arkinstall, Mrs Teressa Bates, Mr
Graham Coombes, Mrs Lynda Corre, Mr Kenneth Davies, Miss Susan Evans, Mrs Jackie
Jenkins, Mr Desmond Joseph, Mrs Phyllis Parry, Mrs Janet Powell,
Clive Barnby (Chief Officer), Mrs Emma Lewis (Office Manager), Steve Davies (RCT
LHB), Stephen Harrhy (P & R NHS Trust) and Grier Talbot (Ambulance Trust).


IN ATTENDANCE:

Mrs Mari Evans, Mrs Raye Saunders.

DEVELOPMENT SESSION

This month’s development session was with Mr Jim English, Director of Estates, P R
Trust. Jim outlined the progress of Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, giving a presentation using
numerous slides and a question and answer session followed. Jim informed the Council
that a bio-bas boiler was being installed at the site and a grant had been received for a lot
of the work. Only timber waste would be used which would be cheaper to run and
environmentally friendly. The building has a steel roof which will allow flexibility in the
future (it can be expanded, if needed.) Underfloor heating was being installed throughout
the hospital, in the summer months this can also be used as a cooling system. A problem
was highlighted by one member regarding the main entrance to the hospital being
hazardous. The Trust would appreciate if any complaints/ suggestions regarding the main
entrance can be forwarded to RCT highways. Cllr Mrs Jackie Jenkins undertook to make
representations to the highway authority). The hospital will be open in the Autumn 2008.
A site visit for members can be arranged in June- October 2008, when the Trust takes
over the site.

The Chairman thanked Jim for his presentation. At the conclusion of the development
session, the Chairman referred to the presence of Mrs Mari Evans and Mrs Raye
Saunders. He was pleased to see them and he presented to them certificates of
outstanding service for the period they had been members of the Council and for the
exceptional work they had put in. Mari and Raye responded suitably.



07.35 ANNOUNCEMENTS, APOLOGIES

       Apologies were received from Mr Dominic Jenkins, Mrs Deidre Roberts and Mrs
       Averil Spindlove and Ms Belinda Havard.

07.36 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

       There were no declarations of interest.

07.37 MEETINGS ATTENDANCE RECORD

       It was resolved to note the meetings attendance record.

07.38 MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

       It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting of the 12th March 2007.

07.39 MATTERS ARISING

       There were no matters arising.

07.40 REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN

       The Chairman introduced Alan Griffiths to members Alan had been appointed
       Complaints Advocate for the Council, he wished Alan all the best
       in his new role. The Chairman informed the group that Emma Lewis, Office
       Manager, was in attendance, although Emma had worked with the Council for
       some time, this was her first Council meeting. Most members would know Emma
       for her coordinating of committee meetings, the HPE planning group etc.,

       HPE Evaluation Day

       As Ms Belinda Havard was not present, Emma gave a brief report and advised
       members that a further written report would be sent to members regarding the
       HPE evaluation day.

       Chairpersons Networking Group – Lynda Corre

       The Chairman had been unable to attend the Chairpersons Networking Group due
       to illness, therefore Mrs Lynda Corre attended on his behalf. Lynda had produced
       a report which had been distributed to members. She advised that there was a lot
    of concern expressed by members about CHCs in the next few years, with various
    Trusts setting up groups with roles that might be perceived to belong to CHCs.

    Lynda discussed a pilot study that had been carried out by Cardiff
    (`Conversations with a purpose’) where members were given the opportunity to
    express their views on their individual contribution to the Council and discuss
    wider issues relating to the value of the contribution made by the Council and
    their future development needs. As a consequence of these conversations with a
    purpose, members’ perceptions, needs, attitudes and aspirations have been
    identified and will be utilised to benefit the Councils’ Annual Review process.

07.41 ORGANISATIONAL REPORTS

    Ambulance Trust – Grier Talbot advised members that the Trust were achieving
    performance targets, and currently operating six response cars. The new vehicles
    purchased are fully equipped with mobile phones, satellite etc, more vehicles will
    be purchased shortly making a total of 20. These vehicles will deal with the triage
    calls, and offer a high dependency service, dealing specifically with doctors’
    admissions and hospital transfers.

    RCT Local Health Board – Steve Davies advised members that Dr Rhiannon
    Llewellyn had been unwell, and a new Doctor had been appointed. 11 GPs have
    now been interviewed, with a further 5 now taken on, bringing a total of 37
    salaried GPs being employed in RCT.

    Ynyswen surgery will be open at the end of August, which is quicker than
    anticipated. Planning applications for the surgery in Porth will be discussed at a
    meeting to be held on the 26th June. The Environment Agency has been helpful in
    regard to this. There is an ongoing issue with the land on the new Gilfach Goch
    surgery site, which hopefully will be resolved in the near future. The new
    Tonypandy surgery design was rejected by the Design Commission, and a further
    design will be presented in a few months. Five GPs have now moved into
    principal partnerships within RCT, which was very encouraging.

    Pontypridd & Rhondda NHS Trust – The Project Board for Trust Integration
    has now been established with representatives from the LHB and staff at the
    Trust. Documentation is complete, and the relevant internet site will show
    documentation/feedback/newsletters. A new name for the integrated Trusts is
    currently being considered. The Trust are also talking to external auditors for
    financial advice, as they do not wish to jeopardise the good record of Pontypridd
    & Rhondda NHS Trust.

    Stephen Harrhy spoke about the No Smoking legislation which came into place
    on the 1st April 2007. No smoking is allowed within 10 metres of the building.
    Stephen asked the Council for comments on this matter, but confirmed that
    designated smoking areas will be provided for smokers. Information relating to
     this will be sent to patients and assistance will be provided to patients who find
     the smoking ban difficult eg., nicotine patches will be provided.

     Some Trust have banned smoking from all hospital grounds, as well as buildings
     but Pontypridd and Rhondda Trust has not as yet.

     The Chief Officer, on behalf of Dominic Jenkins asked Stephen for further
     information about patients returning zimmer frames to the Trust. Steve confirmed
     he had raised the issue with Directorate Manager of Support Services, but he had
     yet to respond. Stephen would advise at the next Council meeting.

07.42 CONSULTATION ISSUES

     The Chief Officer confirmed that progress with the RCT/Merthyr Redesign
     project was slow, with the intervention of the National Assembly Election.

07.43 PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT & PARTNERSHIP ISSUES

     Ken Davies presented a report on the last Patients Involvement Forum, where
     Richard Sealy spoke about the Out of Hours Service. He stated that by October
     2007, services should improve dramatically, when triage specialists will audit all
     calls.
     John West, Out-Patient Manager gave the group various statistics, and confirmed
     that the new Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda hospital will have a large outpatients
     department.

     Graham Coombes reported that he had attended the Violence Committee. He
     outlined some of the issues in relation to the recording of violent incidents in
     hospitals.

07.44 CONCLUDING MATTERS

     There being no other business the Chairman informed members the next meeting
     would be held on Monday 11th June 2007.

     The Chairman then declared the meeting closed.

				
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