At a Board meeting of Cwm Taf University Health Board earlier today, (January 21st) members agreed a way forward for implementing a key element of the South Wales Programme.
For Cwm Taf, the South Wales Programme (SWP) concluded that consultant-led maternity and neonatal care as well as inpatient children’s services would in future only be provided at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. The SWP agreed that the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant would deliver midwifery-led obstetric care including a midwife-led birthing centre and a Paediatric Assessment Unit.
To deliver this outcome an expansion of the facilities (particularly delivery suites and neonatal cots) are needed at Prince Charles Hospital and at the University Hospital of Wales.
Cwm Taf University Health Board is currently finalising discussions with Welsh Government to release the funds for Cwm Taf to invest £3m of capital funding to expand the existing neonatal unit at Prince Charles Hospital, and build extra delivery rooms as well as a maternity theatre.
Board members have decided to continue to maintain neonatal services at both Prince Charles Hospital and Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the interim. However if that proves challenging due to a shortage of doctors, the consultant-led obstetric and neonatal service and in-patient paediatrics would be temporarily consolidated at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital until building work at Prince Charles Hospital is complete.
During this temporary period, ante-natal services, a midwifery-led unit and paediatric assessment unit will remain at Prince Charles Hospital.
As soon as the building works are completed at Prince Charles Hospital, the South Wales Programme outcome for Paediatric, Neonatal and Obstetric services will be implemented in full and services will move back to Prince Charles Hospital.