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Email from BCUHB

I've recieved this email from BCUHB and was wondering what your views are.

Mr Hughes,
I would be very grateful if you could post the letter below from the Health Board’s Director of Planning on your Facebook campaign site.

Many thanks,
Trystan Pritchard

Corporate Communications Manager
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Dear Mr Hughes,
Following recent posts on your Facebook site, the Health Board would like the opportunity to set the record straight. Whilst we fully appreciate the rights of your members to post personal views, some recent comments made on the site have no substance and have the potential to undermine public confidence.

Maternity Services
We can assure all expectant mothers and the public that there are no plans that women will not be able to have their babies at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Senior clinicians, including Consultants, GPs and Midwives are continuing to look at how we develop and improve services so that they remain safe and sustainable in the future.

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
The future of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is secured as one of the three equally important District General Hospitals in North Wales . We can assure patients and the public that services will continue at Glan Clwyd during the work to remove asbestos. The Health Board is submitting plans to redevelop the hospital at a cost of around £100m which will allow us to redevelop and improve the hospital to be fit for the 21st Century. This will help to support the high standard of care that we give and that we want to keep giving. This is an exciting ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for us to make great improvements to patient care.

The first phase of this work will mean stripping and refurbishing the theatres at Glan Clwyd. The vast majority of patients will still have their surgery at Glan Clwyd and orthopaedic surgery will continue on the Abergele hospital site. The Health Board also has no reason to believe that this work will lead to increased waiting times for patients.

We would also emphasise that the asbestos removal and hospital redevelopment work only affects the original building at Glan Clwyd building. Newer areas such as the Maternity Unit and the Cancer Centre will not be affected

Yours sincerely,

Neil Bradshaw,

Executive Director of Planning
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

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