A COUNCILLOR wants to see a maternity unit in Flintshire’s “forgotten town” just weeks after it was announced that proposals for a similar facility are being considered in a neighbouring town.
Buckley councillor Carol Ellis has written to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to propose a maternity unit at the town's new health centre.
The £6.8million health centre is currently under construction on Liverpool Road, but Cllr Ellis says land is available immediately next to the development which could allow enough space for a delivery room.
Earlier this month BCUHB announced plans for a “home from home” maternity facility are being considered for a proposed new health centre in Flint. It would be the first time in generations that babies would be born in a medical setting in the town.
Cllr Ellis said: “Buckley is the largest town in Flintshire with an ever growing population and I think it would be of great benefit to Buckley if a similar unit could be built next to the health centre.
“Many mothers choose, for personal reasons, not to give birth at Wrexham Maelor, opting for the Countess of Chester Hospital.
“I think it would be fantastic if there was an option of giving birth in Buckley – this would result in a lot more Welsh-born babies, not only from Buckley but the surrounding areas.
“Lots of residents are of the opinion we are the forgotten town when it comes to health care.”
Buckley’s new health centre will replace the existing facility on Padeswood Road, providing accommodation for two general practices, with 12 consulting rooms in addition to ancillary support rooms.
It will also house seven consulting rooms ensuring provision for health board care services, including district nurses and midwives.
A BCUHB spokesman said: “The proposal to create a maternity room for Flint was one of a number of suggestions put forward in recent discussions with members of the public on how the new primary health care centre for Flint could work and the types of service they would like to see there.
“The same considerations would need to apply to any developments in Buckley.
“The question of a maternity room at Buckley has not previously been raised and we will look into that in light of the outcome of our assessment of the proposal for Flint.
However this development is not currently part of the development plan, which was to replace existing primary care facilities.”