Health officials have made a U-turn on some of the plans to downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
The specialist baby care unit and gynaecology surgeries are among those set to be maintained at the Bodelwyddan hospital under revised plans to be discussed later this month. The two Assembly Members for the area were informed of the changes in a meeting earlier this week.
The fresh proposals by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board do not rule out suspending doctor-led care from Glan Clwyd for up to eighteen months, forcing expecting mothers to travel to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor or Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The suspension, delayed until 19th May, is still subject to the outcome of a High Court case.
Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones, said: “I give these changes a cautious welcome. The Special Care Baby Unit has been threatened with closure in the past so any prospect of the services being suspended by the Board was completely unacceptable. I’m pleased that gynaecology patients will also still be able to access day surgery at Glan Clwyd, especially given that many are elderly and vulnerable.”
Clwyd West AM and shadow health minister, Darren Millar added: “Whilst I am pleased that the Board has made these important changes to its original proposals it must remember that our campaign to protect services is not over yet. The future of our doctor-led maternity services still hangs in the balance and we will not give up the fight until they are secured.”
The BCHUB said the change of plan, which also include maintaining an early pregnancy assessment unit and breast surgery for outpatients, was the result of feedback from the public and medical staff. The new proposals will be put before the board on Friday 15th May.