MP for Ynys Môn, Virginia Crosbie, ventured over the Menai straits this evening to visit Ysbyty Enfys at the invitation of Jo Whitehead, the new CEO for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).
Ysbyty Enfys, which is based at Bangor University, is one of the temporary field hospitals set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and it is now operating as a Mass Vaccination Centre covering the western region of North Wales. During the visit Ms Crosbie spoke with members of the public attending for vaccination as well as members of staff and the volunteer team.
Ms Crosbie said:
“It was great to see the amazing team at Ysbyty Enfys delivering vaccines to so many people. The facility alone is very impressive, but when you consider the fantastic work that is being done there it becomes truly overwhelming.
“Like other health boards across the nation, BCUHB has set this operation up at very short notice, and it seems to be running effectively and efficiently thanks to the hours of effort and dedication put in by both staff and volunteers. From receptionists and marshalls to nurses and GPs the work has been, and continues to be, tremendous.
“I would like to personally thank each and every person who has contributed to this operation in any way. Whatever the minor niggles people may have it is a shining example of our healthcare system and our community coming together for the good of all.”
Speaking during the visit, Miss Whitehead said:
“I want to recognise the efforts of everyone who has worked to set up Ysbyty Enfys and all our other vaccine rollout services. All staff including GPs are putting in long hours to ensure that everyone can be protected, our administrative and managerial team continues to refine and flex our systems to meet need, our community and national partners have been with us at every step, and the tireless enthusiasm and support of our volunteers is truly inspiring.
“I was pleased to welcome Virginia to Ysbyty Enfys tonight. It is important that she sees first hand the work that is being put in and can reassure her constituents that everything is being done to ensure that vaccinations are rolled out as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“The discussion that I had with her following our tour of the facility was particularly productive and I was able to raise some concerns that she is in a unique position to relay to the Health Secretary, given her Parliamentary role as his PPS.”