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Health shake-up: hospital hubs

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 alters health shake-up plans

Protesters outside today's meeting in St Asaph Credit: ITV News

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.


Moving neo-natal services to England 'too far'

Proposals could see some neo-natal care services moved to England Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

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.

North Wales health shake-up decision due

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

Llanelli health campaigner: 'People will have further to travel for help'

"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".


Hywel Dda Health Board approves recommedations

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.

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

More Hywel Dda Health Board recommendations

  • 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
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