Joint Statement on North Wales Neonatal Care – Ann Jones AM and Darren Millar AM

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones and Conservative AM for Clwyd West, Darren Millar have jointly welcomed a decision by the First Minister to improve baby care in North Wales by establishing a Sub Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre.

The First Minister announced today that a new Centre will be established to enhance existing services in North Wales, allowing for more babies to be cared for in the region. The new Centre will be provided from either Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, in Bodelwyddan, or Wrexham Maelor Hospital, with a final decision on its location expected by March of next year.

The First Minister’s announcement follows a report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which was commissioned to review Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s proposals.

Darren Millar AM and Ann Jones AM said:

“This announcement is very welcome indeed and we will now be working hard to ensure that the new enhanced Neonatal Intensive Care Centre is based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

“We feel it makes sense for the Centre to be in Bodelwyddan given the excellent accommodation for families of sick babies provided by Ty Croeso Dawn Elizabeth House; the accessibility of the hospital from the A55; and its location in the  heart of North Wales.”

“Whilst the decision represents a victory for North Wales, the First Minister still needs to make a decision about the location of the centre – which could end up in either Bodelwyddan or Wrexham.

“We feel that Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is the perfect site and will be pressing for the First Minister to opt for this location.”