Saturday, 15 September 2012

Neo Natal Intensive Care.

One of the most controversial proposals in the Betsi Cadwaladr consultation document on health care re-configuration is the proposal to move the Level 3 Neonatal Intensive care from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Maelor to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral purely on the grounds of national clinical standards.

The following are reasons why the service should be retained in North Wales (These are things the Trust won't tell you in the Consultation events):

  • North Wales have 10 Level 3 Neonatal cots whilst Arrowe Park only have 6.
  • Nursing care for Neonatal Intensive care babies in N.Wales is 1 to 1, in Arrowe Park it is 1 to 2.
  • Once N Wales have lost this service there will be no going back and Arrowe Park can charge what they like, cost WILL escalate.
  • Arrowe Park Hospital does not meet the National Clinical Standards for Level 3 Neonata Intensive care.
  • A Level 3 service is essential if we are to continue to be accredited to train Paediatricians.
  • Distance to Arrowe Park from parts of North Wales and no availability of public transport.
  • Availability of Ambulances and stabilisation cots in the ambulances.
  • Doubt over the actual number of babies that will be going to Arrowe Park and whether they have capacity.
  • Where will babies go if the 6 cots in Arrowe Park are full, nobody knows!
And of course the main reason for not moving the service to Arrowe Park are because of claims by Cherish and Cuddles, the two charities involved that more babies will die; and they should know, they have experienced the trauma and emotion of requiring neonatal intensive care for their babies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shocking! This is something all people of any political persuasion should campaign against.
Lesley Griffiths must understand that this would be political suicide for her in the next Welsh General Election if she were to move these services to England.
Everyone should ask her how many babies should die to "improve services?"