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Assembly Member urges health board to retain key services in Bridgend

November 26, 2012 11:43 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has formally responded to the consultation on the future of key health services across South Wales with a plea to retain Accident and Emergency and a full maternity service at Princess of Wales Hospital in South Wales.

Hospital provision in South Wales is being reviewed with the intention of concentrating major services in fewer hospitals. The 12 week engagement is looking specifically at obstetrics, Accident and Emergency, Neonatal and in-patient paediatrics. The intention is to reduce the number of sites on which these services are available from 7 hospitals to 4 or 5. This could mean Princess of Wales Hospital competing with Prince Charles Hospital and the Royal Glamorgan to be one of these centres of excellence.

Mr Black said: "I think it vital that Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend retains the full range of services that it offers at present.

"In my letter to health chiefs I pointed out that with a catchment of 160,000 people drawn from Bridgend, the Maesteg area, a significant part of Neath Port Talbot, and the western part of the Vale of Glamorgan, this hospital provides swift easy access to full accident and emergency, maternity, and children's care, not to mention the many other specialisms that go to make up a major acute secondary care hospital.

"The overall reputation of the staff is excellent, and the hospital has no difficulty in recruitment, unlike some. The location of Princess of Wales Hospital is strategically significant, and its closeness to major transport arteries is a major asset.

"Any move to downgrade the hospital will bring about a considerable worsening of hospital services provided to people in the eastern part of South Wales West, and beyond. "That is why I am supporting the campaign to retain the full range of hospital services at Princess of Wales Hospital."