Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board approved proposals to establish hospital hubs at:
- Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley
- Ysbyty Gwynedd
- Ysbyty Alltwen
- Dolgellau Community Hospital
- Llandudno Hospital
- Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
- Denbigh Infirmary
- Holywell Community Hospital
- Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Board members amended the proposals to allow for a hospital hub at Mold Community Hospital, while making a commitment to develop the role of Deeside Hospital to work alongside in the future.
Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has amended controversial plans to reorganise NHS services in North Wales.
A 'hub' hospital will now be sited in Mold, instead of Deeside as proposed. Xray services will be reduced but retained at Caernarfon and Pwllheli, another change from the initial proposal.
However, the board's report recommends pressing ahead with plans to move neonatal intensive care to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.
Members of support group Cuddles are against proposals to move long term neo-natal care to England.
The group fears plans to treat babies more than 16-weeks premature at a single intensive care neonatal service at Arrowe Park, on the Wirral, would leave relatives with too far to travel.
They claim the health board has not consulted with staff and the proposals would affect around 70 babies a year rather than the 30 being quoted by the health board.
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've got heavy industry still in Llanelli" says campaigner Tony Flatley.
"We've got the motorway there, we've got a lot of sports clubs and we've got the coastal path".
"People - if they're in trouble - they've got forty-five minutes to get to the nearest help, which is disgusting in a town the size of Llanelli".
Today's Hywel Dda Health Board board meeting has passed a package of measures that will see a shake-up of healthcare in Mid and West Wales.
One community hospital will close, along with minor injury units. The decision follows a twelve week consultation.
Mynydd Mawr hospital in Tumble, near Llanelli, will be closed, with staff transferring to Prince Philip Hospital.
Patients will be treated in a new unit at Prince Philip, and at a proposed Community Resource Centre in Cross Hands.
Minor injury units at the Tenby and South Pembrokeshire hospitals will now close, with a pilot scheme proposed at Tenby to cover tourist demand during summer.
- Proposed closure of Mynydd Mawr Hospital to go ahead - more replacement facilities at Prince Philip than first proposed
- Proposed closure of minor injuries unit at Tenby Cottage Hospital to go ahead - now with 8-week pilot in summer when GP practice, pharmacy or voluntary sector will offer service
- Proposal to end orthopaedic surgery at Withybush Hospital is dropped, but patients from Pembrokeshire (and Carmarthenshire) needing complex procedures will go to Prince Philip
- High-dependency neonatal care to be concentrated at Glangwili as proposed - keeping obstetrics and pediatrics at Withybush depends on overcoming problems in recruiting doctors