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

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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.