Health chiefs will meet today to make a decision on controversial changes to healthcare services in North Wales. A public consultation launched by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board ended in October.
The proposals include retaining a Special Care Baby Unit at the Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd, but moving long-term neo-natal care to Arrowe Park on the Wirral and closing:
community hospitals in Flint, Ffestiniog, Llangollen and either Prestatyn or Rhyl
minor injury units at Mold, Chirk, Ffestiniog, Colwyn Bay and Ruthin community hospitals
X-ray departments at Blaenau Ffestiniog Health Centre, Bryn Beryl Hospital, Pwllheli, Tywyn, Mold and Ruthin community hospitals and Eryri Hospital in Carmarthen
We were very pleased and encouraged that so many people took the time and trouble to give their views. The consultation feedback will be a significant element alongside other evidence that the board will consider on how best we can provide safe, effective services for the people of North Wales as a whole.
– Mary Burrows, chief executive Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
One community hospital will close, along with minor injury units. The decision follows a twelve week consultation.
Careful consideration has been given throughout the whole process, not only to the depth and breadth of feedback we received, but also to other evidence including healthcare standards and the context the NHS is operating in.
This includes the very real challenges faced by the NHS across the UK such as recruitment difficulties and finance, as well as unique challenges such as our geographical location.
– Trevor Purt, Chief ExecutivE, Hywel Dda Health Board