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Neonatal unit full at Swansea hospital

By EPerkins1  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

By Liz Perkins

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MUMS-TO-BE are being urged to call a Swansea hospital if they are due to have their baby in the next few days.

Health chiefs are advising pregnant women to make the call first before heading to Singleton Hospital as the neonatal department is full.

It could mean mums having to travel further afield to give birth as there are no cots available at the city site if a newborn needs to have key support.

In a statement, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “Only pregnant women in advanced stages of labour — and who therefore cannot travel — are currently being cared for at Singleton Hospital.

“Others who are in the earlier stages of labour, or women who had a booked induction or caesarean section, are being transferred to alternative hospitals with available neonatal cots. Wherever possible, hospitals in South Wales, including the Princess of Wales and Glangwili hospitals are being used as alternatives. “However, as neonatal cots are under huge pressure across South Wales, some mothers-to-be may need to go further afield.

“Any mothers who need supervision during transport will be offered an ambulance.”

They said: “The situation is constantly evolving, but the service is expected to remain under pressure for a few days at least.”

In January of last year, plans were unveiled to carry out a multi-million revamp of the unit.

A £3 million scheme was earmarked for the site to offer isolation facilities at the Singleton Hospital unit allowing it to care for up to 18 seriously ill babies from right across South West Wales.

The scheme also included beds for parents, a quiet room along with new storage facilities.

Neonatal care is offered at both Singleton and Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, over the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area.

Figures at that time showed, the health board had some 80 nurses dedicated to neonatal care.

And there was also a parents’ support group in place to offer support to new mums.

Meanwhile, support is also being offered to pregnant women in Swansea who believe they are beginning labour.

If they are due to have their babies at the Singleton site they are being advised to ring the hospital on 01792 205666 and ask for the labour ward, where they will be given advice.

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  • BreadJules  |  February 12 2014, 9:36PM

    This can't be true. This is worse than Third World!

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