Funding to support improvements to maternity and neonatal services at Carmarthen’s Glangwili Hospital is in the Welsh Labour Government’s budget for 2016-17, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has said.
£3m has been set aside in the NHS Wales capital programme for 2016-17 to begin the second phase improvements to the neonatal and obstetric units at Glangwili Hospital, subject to the approval of plans submitted by Hywel Dda University Health Board.
The health board is expected to submit its business case for the second phase improvements early in the next financial year. Consultant-led maternity care was concentrated and a new level two neonatal service is being developed at Glangwili Hospital following a public consultation and advice to the Minister from independent experts. A new midwife-led maternity service has been established at Withybush Hospital, in Haverfordwest.
An independent review of the changes by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health carried out a year after they were made concluded the changes were safe, sustainable in the long-term and have led to improved outcomes for mothers and babies. It made clear it would make ‘no clinical sense’ to return to the previous arrangements.