North East Wales

Glan Clwyd neonatal unit: First babies treated at £18m facility

Medics gathered around an incubator
Image caption The unit with its state of the art equipment is treating its first patients

An £18m neonatal intensive care unit in Denbighshire has begun treating its first sick and premature babies.

It follows controversial plans to downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, which were scrapped three years ago amid protests.

Most of the funding has come from the Welsh Government.

Hannah Bower, 19, from nearby Rhuddlan, gave birth to baby Nevaeh five weeks prematurely six days ago and said she felt lucky to have the new unit.

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Media captionNeonatal practitioner Charlotte Boddie said the best equipment was available to treat babies

"Before this, some people had to travel far for treatment that we get here now, and I just feel very privileged to live so close," she said.

"I feel really lucky that we've got to be here because the support has been amazing and the staff have been great. I feel really reassured. She's come a long way since birth. She's progressed so much and I'm so happy and proud."

Mandy Cooke, neonatal service manager, said the new unit would help to "provide the best care possible to families from across north Wales".

The Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC) at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has high dependency and isolation units.

Image caption Protests were held in 2015 over plans to downgrade maternity services at the hospital

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