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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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Health shake-up: Neonatal and older people's mental health

The health board confirmed proposals to use resources released by closing Uned Meirion and Uned Hafan to strengtehn community and liaison services for older people's mental health care.

There will also be a reduction of beds at Ysbyty Cefni and closure of beds at Glan Traeth along with inpatient care at the Ablett Unit, Glan Clwyd, until a new hospital is developed in Rhyl.

Special Care Baby Units will be retained at the Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd, but moving long-term neo-natal care to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.

North Wales health shake-up: 'significant changes'

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board agreed proposals for 'significant' changes to be made to healthcare services in several areas.

In Blaenau Ffestiniog, Ffestiniog Memorial Hospital will be developed as a base for improved community services, primary care services will be expanded and the X-ray and minor injury units will be closed, although GPs will continue to provide minor injury services.

Inpatient beds and inpatient care will close at Ysbyty Alltwen.

In North Denbighshire, Prestatyn Community Hospital will close, but a new hospital will be developed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital site in Rhyl, subject to Welsh Government approval.

In Llangollen, the minor injury unit will close, along with inpatient beds and provision of inpatient care at Chirk. A primary care resource centre will be developed at the River Lodge site, subject to Welsh Government approval.

In Flint, inpatient beds and inpatient care will close at Holywell Hospital, as well as the minor injury units, but a primary care resource centre will be developed following approval by the Welsh Government.

Health shake up: X Ray services

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will reduce the number of X-Ray sessions at Mold Community Hospital from 10 sessions to 6, from 9 to 3 at Eryri Hospital and 3 to 2 at Bryn Beryl Hospital.

Services will continue at Deeside Hospital and start at Machynlleth for south Gwynedd patients

X-Ray services will close at:

  • Tywyn
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Llangollen

Health shake-up: minor injury units

Proposals were amended by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board members to retain a minor injury unit at Mold Community Hospital and review the potential for opening an additional unit at Deeside Hospital in the future.

The following minor injury units will close:

  • Flint
  • Ruthin
  • Llangollen
  • Chirk
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog

Hours at minor injury units at Bryn Beryl and Tywyn will be revised.

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