A business plan for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s new neo-natal unit has been approved by health board executives.
The Betsi Cadwaladr health board says it remains committed to opening a £18 million intensive care unit at the Bodelwyddan hospital within two years. Their plans will now need to be approved by the Welsh Government.
A report outlining several options for the the unit has suggested it could be based at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor or Wrexham Maelor Hospital instead, but the board said the findings by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists had no bearing on their plans.
The proposals for the unit include at least 20 staffed cots, including two more to meet future demand. Another 47 jobs would be created – but another report said there was a significant risk in recruiting new staff.
The Welsh Government will decide on whether to approve the final plans in October, having already approved the unit. They granted Betsi Cadwaladr £500,000 to develop its business case, on top of £1.4 million for technical upgrades and a new transport incubator, designed to transfer the most critically-ill babies.
Plans to suspend some doctor-led maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd were scrapped last December, following a public and political outcry.