Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Plan proposes 1,000 babies to be moved to Chester

New proposals on closing maternity services in North Wales could mean 1,000 babies currently being born in Wrecsam being moved to Chester.
 Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board today announced it would consult on four options. The first is to maintain the current levels of consultant-led maternity services in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Wrecsam and Bangor.
 The other three options involve the "temporary" closure of doctor-led services at one of the three hospitals.
 In the case of Wrecsam, that would mean 1,000 babies being transferred each year to the Countess of Chester hospital. The cost to the NHS in Wales is unknown.
 A further 1,100 babies would be transferred to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd under Option 2 of the consultation document with just 600 births remaining in the Maelor" in a standalone Midwife-Led Unit. In the event of an emergency, an ambulance would take the mother and/or child to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
 Carrie Harper, Plaid Cymru's Wrecsam spokeswoman, said: "The health board has come up with a set of proposals that will place mothers and babies at greater risk than at present. Any decision to downgrade maternity services at the Maelor will be fiercely opposed and the idea that mothers should travel the extra distance to Chester or Glan Clwyd is a huge concern. Many people don't have ready access to a car and those that do are well aware of the problems of congestion, roadworks and regular accidents along both the A55 and A483."
 The consultation lasts until October 5th and there will be a public meetings in the following venues to discuss the options.
 Carrie Harper, who gave birth to both her children in the Maelor, said: "Please make your voice heard and make sure our local hospital is not downgraded.
 "Plaid Cymru's call for 1,000 extra doctors to be trained and recruited has never been more relevant. We need those doctors to ensure there are safe and sustainable rotas at each of our main hospitals in the North.
 "The current Labour Government in Cardiff has failed miserably to make that a priority and that's why we're seeing our NHS struggle to meet demand."

Wednesday 9th        Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl, LL18 1BA
Friday 11th               Wrexham Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, LL12 7AG
Tuesday 15th            Holyhead Town Hall, Newry Street, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1HN
Thursday 17th           Dolgellau Leisure Centre, Ffordd Arran, Dolgellau, LL40 1LH
Monday 21st             The Interchange, 317-319 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 9YF
Wednesday 23rd       Flint Town Hall, Holywell Street, Flint, CH6 5NW
Monday 28th              Bangor FC, The Book People Stadium, Nantporth, Holyhead Road, Bangor, LL57 2HQ
All sessions will run from 1:00pm to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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