Glan Clwyd Hospital to be North Wales neonatal care centre


Matt Jones

GLAN Clwyd Hospital will become the North Wales centre for care for the sickest babies.

First Minister Carwyn Jones has said the North Wales Sub Regional Intensive Neonatal Care Centre will be established at the Bodelwyddan hospital.

It follows a long-running battle by campaigners after Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board moved intensive care level 3 for babies to Arrow Park hospital on the Wirral.

AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones said: “I am delighted with the announcement made by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones that the neonatal intensive care unit will be at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

"This is the right decision and is a very important one for our area and for all those families who will need to use these specialist services.

“I am especially grateful to the First Minister for commissioning the independent review following Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s announcement to move this vital service to Arrowe Park.

“We now need to ensure that this centre is operational as soon as practical.”

Communities across Denbighshire were very concerned when the neonatal care centre was moved to Arrowe Park and Ms Jones has been working alongside the community to put pressure on the health board and the Welsh Government to ensure that a specific special baby care unit would return to Glan Clwyd Hospital as soon as possible.

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