Cwm Taf University Health Board must rethink plans to downgrade paediatric services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital this summer, South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.
Mr Davies repeated his calls against the proposals – after joining local county and community councillors to express his concern at its potential impacts.
The Health Board claim the plans will improve services – with a new Paediatric Assessment Unit operating from 8am to 10pm.
But any children requiring overnight stays will be transferred to either the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff or Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr.
Crucially – it will result in no children’s inpatient services being provided at all in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Mr Davies said, “When the proposals were first announced to downgrade children’s services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital – I was quick to point out the potential ramifications.
“As it gets nearer and nearer – the problems it will cause families in RCT are becoming clear for all to see – with no overnight paediatric services set to be provided.
“I’m therefore repeating my calls on the Health Board to reverse this decision before it’s too late.”
Llantrisant community councillor Sam Trask – whose daughter Lucie recently spent 5 nights at Royal Glamorgan Hospital – supported Mr Davies’ calls.
He expressed concern at the pressures provided the services at Cardiff or Merthyr would put on families – pointing out the extra travel time would cause considerable problems.
Cllr Trask said, “As a local resident and father of 2 young children – I’m deeply concerned over the planned closure of the children’s ward at RGH.
“My five year old daughter recently had to spend 5 nights there and the care she received was excellent – but if it was provided at Cardiff or Merthyr – it would have proved impossible for my wife and me to continue working while she was in hospital.
“The extra travel required will put further strain on an already stressful time – and I don’t want to see any families have to go through that unnecessarily.”
[Picture: Llantrisant Community Cllr Sam Trask, Llantwit Fardre Community Cllr Nick Tizzard-Lee, South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies and Llantwit Fardre County Cllr Mike Diamond are calling for a rethink of plans to downgrade children’s services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital]