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Hospital beds could be cut

27th January 2011

Bed numbers could be cut at a major hospital in north Wales.

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The plan is part of a redesign being discussed for the hospital at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Denbighshire by Betsi Cadwaladr health board and would follow urgent work, costing £77m, to remove asbestos from ceilings above operating theatres and corridors.

Health board director of planning Neil Bradshaw advocates reducing bed numbers at the general hospital in Bodelwyddan under a five-year plan that will see a “reduced reliance” on hospital beds.

While details of the plan have yet to be discussed, the Welsh Assembly Government will still have to give its approval.

The work to remove the asbestos was ordered by the Health and Safety Executive after recent incidents which meant there was a risk of asbestos falling onto hospital floors.

The board sees the asbestos work as offering an opportunity to redesign and relocate services and departments.

That could see care and rehabilitation provided in patients’ homes or in the community via other health providers and some acute services redistributed to Wrexham Maelor and Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

Mr Bradshaw said: “The refurbishment will directly affect the 12 acute wards in the original H-block and the departments on the ground and first floors of the original building.

“There are long-standing and increasingly pressing issues at Glan Clywd hospital related to asbestos and fire safety compliance. These stem from the extensive use of asbestos in the construction of the original building.”

However, the health board has ruled out a total new-build on the grounds of cost.

 

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