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Neonatal Services

How does this affect plans for the Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC)?

Any temporary changes would not affect our ability to establish the SuRNICC and recruit the expert medical and nursing teams needed to run the service.

Any steps we take will be to secure the long term future of our maternity and neonatal services.

Longer term plans for obstetrics and gynaecology are being developed and the future of services at Glan Clwyd is assured.
The SuRNICC will be at Glan Clwyd Hospital and supported by a Consultant-led Obstetric Service. These are fixed points in that planning process.

What about very sick babies? Would there be changes to Neonatal Services?

In all options we propose keeping a neonatal unit in the three hospitals, but there would be some changes.

This would involve greater travelling distances for a small number of families during the temporary changes and we are looking at how we might provide support to them.

Very premature babies and those needing surgery would continue to receive some of their care in Arrowe Park and Alder Hey as they currently do, this would not change.

There would be no change to inpatient paediatric services across North Wales – these would remain the same as currently in all options.

Would more sick babies need to be transferred from one unit to another under these plans?

There would be an immediate response to any baby born in a freestanding midwifery-led unit in need of support, as we have neonatal services on all three sites. Evidence suggests that about five babies a year would need to be transferred from a freestanding midwifery-led unit. We already have a 24/7 neonatal transport service, in accordance with strict protocols. We are not proposing a change to transfer arrangements.

What help and support would be available to parents who find travelling and residing in a more distant neonatal / maternity unit?

We know that many parents will want to spend as much time as possible with their new baby and we would provide a fund from which we would be able to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses if families experience difficulties with these. We would aim to return you and your baby to a unit as close to home as soon as it is safe to do so.