Fears for future of Glan Clwyd's maternity services

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VITAL services for pregnant women at Glan Clwyd Hospital could be axed  as part of a major shake-up.

The Leader has learned that employees at the Bodelwyddan hospital are worried for the future of services such as caesarean section deliveries, scans and post birth care, with patients being transferred to either Wrexham Maelor or Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

A member of staff, who does not want to be named, said talk that services were being scrapped had been “confirmed by more than one person”, with difficulties in recruiting obstetricians being given as a reason.

Another caller said his wife, a nurse, had been told, along with doctors, that Glan Clwyd’s maternity unit was to close.

A review of maternity services across North Wales has sparked fears for jobs and services.

The review, which may mean major changes to maternity and neonatology services across North Wales, is taking place within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health
Board trust.

A spokesman for health board said no recommendations or decisions had been made on the future of maternity service.

However, it is understood Glan Clwyd hospital is planning to send all expectant mothers needing a caesarean delivery to either Wrexham or Bangor.

The Betsi Cadwaladr spokesman said the rumours could be neither confirmed or denied, as the review was still going on and no conclusions had been reached.

The spokesman said: “So far, a project board led by a consultant obstetrician and consultant paediatrician has been set up and the initial work is looking at evidence of adherence to the national standards set by the Welsh Assembly and by relevant
Royal Colleges.

“Every such review generates a huge amount of speculation. However, no member of staff is in a position to claim that decisions have already been made.”

Two stakeholder events have been arranged in September and October with a report by the end of the year.

The spokesman added: “Following this the project board will draw up options for the future configuration of the service with emphasis on safety, quality and
sustainability.

“The aim is to ensure that the services in North Wales are amongst the best in
Wales.”

Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane said he would get in touch with Betsi Cadwaladr to
clarify the issue.

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