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Now we need to fight to keep key services at Princess of Wales Hospital

December 8, 2012 12:37 PM

The recent announcement by the local health board that they wish to engage with the public on how to reorganise key hospital services in South Wales means that we will have to fight to keep those facilities at Princess of Wales Hospital.

The proposals affect four services, obstetrics, Accident and Emergency, neo-natal and in-patient paediatrics If Bridgend loses out to the other two hospitals in that race, it will mean that Princess of Wales will be significantly downgraded.

We cannot afford to lose important services from Bridgend. A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, fully functional Accident and Emergency department is essential. We cannot expect sick or badly injured patients or expectant mothers to have to travel to Llantrisant or Merthyr Tydfi.

As yet there are no concrete proposals in front of us, just a statement of intent. That is why it is essential that as many local people engage with this process as possible. We need to fight to keep these services local and accessible to the people of Bridgend.

Tell them what you think at sendusyourviews@nhs.co.uk or write to ABMU Health Board, One Talbot Gateway, Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot, SA12 7BR by 19th December.