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Welcome to the first edition of Bay Health our new, monthly, newspaper for staff and everyone interested in the work and services of Swansea Bay University Health Board. Bay Health is part of our plans to improve how staff are kept involved and informed about where they work. It follows consistent feedback from staff surveys that we need to communicate better as an employer and public service and that our communications need to be easier to get.
We have chosen the newspaper format to following feedback that many staff don’t have time during their shifts to log on and find wider news about the health board. Bay Health will be distributed across the health board’s sites and GP practices, and we’ll also be talking to pharmacies, dentists and ophthalmologists about providing them with copies in the future. Bay Health will also be available on the intranet and website.
In these pages we hope you’ll find stories and information that interest you and are helpful. We’ll provide regular reports on how we are turning our Changing for the Future plans for centres of excellence into reality with new services and investment, such as the Acute Medical Services Redesign and the new scanners at Singleton in this month’s centre pages. We’ll focus on major campaigns to improve quality and safety, such as our enhanced Infection Prevention and Control work. We’ll report on innovations and achievements such as the brilliant front page stories that are changing peoples’ lives because of innovations be created and driven by teams across the health board. We will also regularly look at our performance, the pressures services are facing and how staff are delivering our improvement plans. We will celebrate achievements, and this month’s review of the success of the Bay Field Hospital I think is truly inspiring.
Mark Hackett, Chief Executive
To read Mark's full editorial, please see the Bay Health issue 1 attached below. Hard copies of Bay Health are also available at many of our sites.