Extent of capacity problems at maternity units revealed
3:49pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
MATERNITY units have been closed to new admissions for thousands of hours because of capacity problems in recent years, with Bronglais one of the worst affected hospitals.
A Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru revealed that Bronglais was closed to maternity admissions for over 500 hours a year in 2009 and 2010. The figures have improved since 2011, but the hospital remains by far the worst affected in the Hywel Dda Health Board area.
Ceredigion AM Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Health Minister, said: “The information obtained by Plaid Cymru highlights a significant lack of capacity resulting in transfers and temporary closures. The problem is particularly acute at Bronglais, resulting in many mothers having to travel long distances to give birth.
“These figures illustrate that good maternity services must be at the heart of future provision at Bronglais Hospital. The geography of mid Wales means that transfers to other hospitals during times of high demand are not just inconvenient, but potentially dangerous."