Hospital shake-up

Communities across Wales have seen a day of angry protest as mothers, students and the disabled have demonstrated about cuts to their services.

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Wrexham protest over neonatal care proposals

Protesters gathered outside in the offices of Health Minister Lesley Griffiths Credit: ITV News
Neonatal intensive care services might move to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral Credit: Ian Lang/ITV News
North Wales Community Health Council has until March 1st to refer cuts to the health minister for review Credit: ITV News

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Protests in Wrexham and Bridgend over health board shake-ups

Campaigners will stage a further protest in Wrexham today over Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's decision to move neonatal services to the Wirral.

A march will also be held in Bridgend over Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board's potential restructuring plans for the Princess of Wales Hospital.

No decisions, or even detailed proposals, have yet been made. No proposals suggested the closure of any hospitals or emergency medicine departments.

Most NHS care would still be delivered locally, but sometimes, patients

might need to travel a bit further to regional centres. The trade-off is that they would see expert teams offering safer and more reliable services.

The Princess of Wales Hospital may become a regional centre serving a bigger population and treating patients with serious or complex needs.

Or, if another nearby South Wales hospital becomes a regional centre(s), the Princess of Wales Hospital will still continue to provide the rest of the services it does now, and would also have a children’s assessment centre seeing children who were acutely unwell for diagnosis and treatment (but not as in-patients); a local accident centre and a midwifery-led birth unit.

– Hamish Laing, ABMU Director of Clinical Strategy

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board: three hospitals will close

Babies needing longterm intensive care will no longer be treated in North Wales but transferred over the border to the Wirral.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says the service has to move because it isn't safe.The changes will also see some community hopsitals close as new medical centres open up with a focus on community care.

Our Correspondent Carole Green has been examining the plans.

BCU Health Board chiefs discuss North Wales NHS changes

Health bosses have met today to make decisions over controversial changes to healthcare services in North Wales.

Proposals put forward by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in a public consultation last year were met with serious opposition. Today, those against the changes were there to make their opinions known.

Carole Green was in St Aasaph.

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