Rhyl mum welcomes Glan Clwyd Hospital neonatal decision


Mike Williams

A MUM who criticised health board plans to axe neonatal services in Glan Clwyd Hospital has welcomed the decision to set up a specialist baby care centre at the hospital.

Miracle mother Claire Ormrod, 27, of Ellis Avenue, Rhyl, who gave birth to two babies in eight months, has expressed delight at First Minister Carwyn Jones’ decision to set up a Neonatal Care Centre at the Bodelwyddan hospital after months of uncertainty.

She said: “I am obviously extremely happy that it is going to be in Glan Clwyd.

“It is just so central and the staff that work there are so good at what they do - it is going to make a massive difference.”

The First Minister announced the news last week after months of campaigns and protests among North Wales residents against Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s decision to move neonatal care to Arrowe Park hospital on the Wirral last year.

The new Glan Clwyd centre will instead care for the sickest babies born in North Wales, saving Welsh parents trips across the border.

Claire, who stunned medics at the “medical impossibility” of giving birth to two babies so close together, was a vocal opponent of the health board’s original decision.

Her daughter Alice Gee, who was the smallest baby born in Wales at 1lb 3oz on December 6, 2011, spent her first year in the special care baby unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Alice’s little brother Gareth was also born premature at 2lbs exactly on September 7, 2012.

Claire said the staff at Glan Clwyd developed a real attachment to the frail children, and that it was important to have neonatal services in North Wales.

She added: “To have it in Glan Clwyd means that someone travelling from Anglesey doesn’t have to travel that extra 45 minutes down the road.

“And some of the staff there are fluent Welsh speakers - that is important for the parents coming from places like Anglesey and Bangor.

“It will make them so much more comfortable.”

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