New look hospital to replace Prestatyn community hospital and rhyl's Royal Alex


Aaron Haley

A NEW-LOOK community hospital for North Denbighshire looks set to replace Prestatyn Community Hospital and Rhyl’s Royal Alex.

A part of its blueprint for the future of North Wales healthcare Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has put forward proposals to set up a new facility as one of it’s “immediate priorities”, forming part of a £35m project to create four new community healthcare bases throughout the region.

The plans, aimed at saving BCUHB five per cent per year would also see both Prestatyn Community Hospital and The Royal Alexandra closed in their current format, with the new site capable of offering “health, social and third sector care supported by holistic health and well-being care.”

The report says a number of scenarios to offer community healthcare services had been investigated by the review board, including a proposal to maintain two community healthcare sites in the region, revealing the greatest support was for a single, integrated community facility at a yet unnamed location.

“Having given full consideration to the work completed to date, we have reached a position where we do not consider the two site model to be a deliverable option.

“It is proposed therefore that the preferred option should comprise of a single ‘community hospital facility’ with in-patient beds that brings together a full range of health, social care and third sector services over extended hours, 7 days per week,” the report says.

The plan would provide a new base for Older People’s Mental Health provisions, with services at Glan Traeth, Rhyl, relocated to the Ablett Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital until the new facility in North Denbighshire is developed.

X ray services look set to remain at the Royal Alexandra as one of two “spoke community units”.

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